Sparks Clinch Second Seed in Western Conference for 2012 Playoffs

Team Earns Homecourt Advantage for First Round of Playoffs

The Los Angeles Sparks clinched the second seed in the Western Conference with a 101-76 win over the Phoenix Mercury tonight at STAPLES Center.

With the win, the Sparks (23-10 overall) earn home court advantage for the first round of the 2012 WNBA Playoffs, and will host the San Antonio Silver Stars (19-12 overall) at a date and time to be determined.

The first round (Western Conference Semifinals) and the Western Conference Finals are both best-of-three series. The WNBA Finals is a best-of-five game series.

Tickets for the first round of the Playoffs will go on sale on Thursday, September 20 at 10:00AM Pacific. Fans can call 800.745.3000 or visit to purchase playoff tickets.

Los Angeles remains at home to close out the season on Thursday when they host the defending champion Minnesota Lynx at 7:30PM at STAPLES Center.