Los Angeles Continues Playoff Push, Minnesota Still on Top

The Los Angeles Sparks continued to improve their chances of making it into the playoffs after hammering out a huge 86-82 win over the Washington Mystics in overtime on Wednesday in Washington.

The Sparks, who have improved their record to 15-12, were in control early in the game and led by as much as 12 points, 53-41, in the third period. However, the Mystics rallied to force an extra period.

After blowing their huge lead, the Sparks came out strong once again in the overtime on both ends of the floor to escape with the victory, which is their second straight and third in their last five games.

Candace Parker, who was emotionally affected by an unfortunate news, didn’t lose control as she finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, including the go ahead basket in the extra period, which helped the Sparks avoid a disappointing defeat.

“We started off very well and then we didn't play well,” said Parker, whose former college coach Pat Summit was diagnosed with dementia. “It was a game of lead changes and runs. We were able to come out on top. It was an ugly game, very ugly.”

Tina Thompson also had a share of the spotlight, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while DeLisha Milton-Jones added 13 points for the Sparks, who are now just one and a half game behind Western Conference’s current fourth-placer San Antonio Silver Stars.

Crystal Langhorne, on the other hand, led the Mystics with her 28 points and nine rebounds, while Kelly Miller and Demya Walker added 14 and 12 points, respectively, but it was not enough as Washington dropped to 5-21 this season.

Complete WNBA Results (Wednesday – August 24, 2011)

  • Los Angeles Sparks 86 – 82 Washington Mystics
  • Minnesota Lynx 78 – 72 Tulsa Shock
  • Atlanta Dream 83 – 80 Chicago Sky
  • New York Liberty 74 – 70 Phoenix Mercury
  • San Antonio Silver Stars 55 – 63 Seattle Storm

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