Stars 80

(6-7, 5-3 away)

Sparks 105

(11-3, 7-0 home)

    9:30 PM ET, June 25, 2006

    Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 18 23 23 1680
    LA 26 23 27 29105

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: A. Bibrzycka 21 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast

    Los Angeles: L. Leslie 41 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sparks' Leslie scores 41 to reach 5,000-point milestone

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lisa Leslie became the first WNBA player to surpass 5,000 career points when she scored a career-high 41 to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 105-80 rout of the San Antonio Silver Stars on Sunday night.

    Leslie went 16-of-23 from the field and added 13 rebounds and three assists as the Sparks (11-3) set a team scoring record in their eighth consecutive victory. Chamique Holdsclaw added 15 points.

    "She was vintage Lisa Leslie in every way," Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. "She is having a good year, the best I've ever seen her play."

    Leslie, who now has 5,040 career points, broke the 5,000-point barrier with a 19-foot jumper from the right of the lane 53 seconds into the game.

    "I didn't think about the 5,000 thing at all," Leslie said. "You can go out there and not score one basket."

    Leslie received the ball from Sparks owner Johnny Buss during a timeout and gave it to her husband, Michael Lockwood, seated along the sideline. She then hugged Lockwood and her mother, Christine Espinoza.

    "I don't know what it means," Leslie said of her career achievement. "I don't know what to feel. I don't feel great because there's no one ahead of me to say, 'That's a good mile marker.' But I'm happy if everyone's happy."

    Sparks coach Joe Bryant said he was surprised that Leslie's previous single-game scoring best was 32 points.

    "It's kind of hard for me to believe, as good as she is," Bryant said. "It looked like she should have 50.

    "She might get that 81 one day," Bryant added, referring to the total his son, Kobe Bryant, had in a game last season. "If she's not the greatest player to ever play, I don't know who is."

    Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored a career-high 21 points for the Silver Stars (6-7), who have lost three in a row and five of seven. Shanna Zolman added a career-best 17 points.

    The Sparks took control by ending the first half with an 8-0 run that broke a 41-all tie and gave them a 49-41 halftime lead. Los Angeles led by as many as 29 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      San Antonio Los Angeles
    Points 80 105
    FG Made-Attempted 31-69 (.000) 42-70 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-21 (.524) 3-5 (.600)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-12 (.000) 18-22 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-25 11-38
    Assists 26 27
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 7 11
    Blocks 1 2
    Fast Break Points 0 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 13 (0/0)