Storm 75

(9-8, 4-5 away)

Sparks 67

(11-4, 7-1 home)

    10:30 PM ET, June 28, 2006

    Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 19 20 21 1575
    LA 15 13 17 2267

    Top Performers

    Seattle: B. Lennox 27 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Los Angeles: T. Moore 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Lennox, Storm snap Sparks' eight-game win streak

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Missing its biggest player, the Seattle Storm got a huge lift from the smallest player on the court Wednesday.

    Betty Lennox, Seattle's 5-foot-8 guard, scored 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting to lead the Storm to a 75-67 win over the Los Angeles Sparks, snapping the Sparks' eight-game winning streak.

    Sue Bird added 11 points for Seattle (9-8), which played without Lauren Jackson. The All-Star forward, who has played through a stress fracture in her left shin since she was a teenager, missed her first game since September 2004.

    "We knew everybody had to step up in order to win this game," Lennox said. "It's a great win for us, being able to come off of (Tuesday's game), picking up the lull for Lauren. I'm very proud of this team and we have a lot of confidence right now."

    The Storm used a 9-0 run over the first two-plus minutes of the second quarter to open a 28-15 lead and led by double digits the rest of the game.

    Tamara Moore scored 16 points to lead the Sparks (11-4). Lisa Leslie had 15 points and Chamique Holdsclaw added 10. Leslie, coming off a career-high 41-point performance against San Antonio on Sunday, played just 18 minutes due to foul trouble.

    The Storm led 39-28 at halftime and then pushed its advantage to 17 twice in the game.

    Leslie picked up her third foul with 7:32 left in the second quarter, and then drew her fourth on a charge on the Sparks' next trip down the floor. She left the game with 6:19 left, having scored nine of the Sparks' first 15 points, but remained on the bench for the rest of the half as the Sparks struggled to get into an offensive rhythm.

    "How are you going to give Lisa three offensive fouls?" Sparks coach Joe Bryant complained after the game. "That stuff is not fair, but that's the name of the game. We have to be more than players, we have to beat obstacles."

    Storm coach Anne Donovan credited Lennox for the Storm's offensive success and center Janelle Burse for containing Leslie.

    "It definitely played a major role," Donovan said of Leslie's foul trouble. "But that was our game plan. We wanted to take it right at her."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Seattle Los Angeles
    Points 75 67
    FG Made-Attempted 26-65 (.000) 26-61 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-14 (.286) 2-13 (.154)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-23 (.000) 13-18 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-35 10-37
    Assists 13 18
    Turnovers 13 17
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 1 7
    Fast Break Points 12 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 22 (0/0)