9:00 PM ET, September 23, 2008
Key Arena, Seattle, WA
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Storm acquired all the players they could before this season to try to end their habit of early playoff exits. They just didn't have the chance to draft Candace Parker.Los Angeles' dynamic rookie scored 20 points, including a key layup with 2 minutes left, to lead the Sparks into the Western Conference finals with a 71-64 victory over the stunned Storm on Tuesday night.
• The Sparks advanced to their seventh Western Conference finals, the most appearances in league history, and improved to 5-3 all-time in deciding Game 3s.
• Los Angeles, which led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter before a late Seattle rally, is just the second team to beat the Storm in 19 home games this season.
• The Sparks bench outscored the Storm reserves 22-2, as five Sparks players had at least eight points.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-62 (.000)||24-63 (.000)|
|3P Made-Attempted||1-10 (.100)||3-13 (.231)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-25 (.000)||13-15 (.000)|
|Fast Break Points||13||3|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|