The Los Angeles Sparks (14-10) fall to the Indiana Fever 78-76 on Friday night giving the Fever just their third win on the season. The Sparks are just 3-10 over the past ten games ending the Fever five game losing streak.
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The Sparks came into this game short handed with the injury to Alana Beard (groin) and Nneka Ogwumike out due to illness. They got all they could from (All-Star Captain of the 2018 All-Star game) Candace Parker who had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds (both game high's). They also got good production from Jantel Lavender who started in place of Ogwumike scoring 23 points (8-12 FG) but only four points in the second half. No other Sparks player crossed over into double-figures.
Parker said in a post game interview that in the third quarter the team "couldn't get stops and were stagnant on offense." She said the team will not use "excuses" as to who is available and who's not and the team has to "figure it out."
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The Fever who are now just 3-21 on the season found a way to shift the game in the third quarter after trailing at the half 40-37. They used a 15 point swing to take a 12 point lead entering the fourth (66-54). After the Sparks were able to chip away in the fourth to get the lead cut to a one possession game the Fever were able to hold on for the win.
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They had four players in double figures with none bigger than former Sparks Cappie Pondexter's (who was wavied by the team in late June) team high 16 points and 5 assist. When asked after the game about how big this win was for her to go up against her former team she said "she could give a sh*t about LA, it was about getting this win." Candice Dupree also had a team high 16 points (7-14 FG), Natalie Achonwa had 15 points and a team high 9 rebounds, and Victoria Vivians chipped in with 11 points.
The Fever who outscored the Sparks 29-14 in the third quarter looked quicker to the ball in the second half and were able to make adjustments defensively keeping other's not named Parker to have big games. When Coach Chatman was asked the difference in the second half she said "the like to play with a nice pace."
Coach was also asked did she feel her team gained a lot of experience hanging on to this win after the double-digit lead in the second half and having to hang on in the final possession and she said " I think so, but probably didn't leave a good taste in your mouth." Overall I think coach Chatman will take the win moving forward with her young team.
Sparks Next Game: 7/22 @ Sky 3:00 PM