Storm upend Sparks 73-66
Tina Thompson scored 23 points to lead the Seattle Storm to a 73-66 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday. Thompson, selected to a record ninth All-Star game as a replacement for injured Brittney Griner, also had eight rebounds and Tanisha Wright added 15 points as the Storm (7-10) snapped a seven-game losing streak to Los Angeles.
Candace Parker scored 24 points for the Sparks (12-6), who have lost two straight at home after a 19-game regular-season home winning streak, the second-longest in league history. In her final regular-season appearance in L.A., Thompson scored five straight points, on a left-handed hook and a three-point play, to give Seattle a 63-51 lead. She was fouled on a rebound and made the ensuing free throws to make it 66-61. Camille Little scored on a left-handed shot in the paint and Thompson rebounded a Sparks miss after a timeout to effectively seal the win. Seattle held Los Angeles, the WNBA's top shooting team, to a season-low 31 percent.
L.A. went on a 13-1 run in the third quarter, capped by Jenna O'Hea's 3-pointer that closed the deficit to 47-46. But Seattle scored six of the next eight points to finish the quarter.