Sparks Get Revenge Against Fever

STAR OF THE GAME
Tamika Catchings
Since her return last week, Catchings led the Fever with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
UNSUNG HERO
Ebony Hoffman
While playing in her hometown, Hoffman scored six points and grabbed 10 rebounds. This marks the seventh time in 11 games she has rebounded in double figures.
QUOTABLE
Lin Dunn
In General:
"We dug ourselves a hole in the second quarter. We spotted them 10 or 12 points, and you can't do that on the road. I thought we did a pretty good job on Parker, she only had 10 points. But I really thought our biggest problem was scoring. We only shot 27% and we just couldn't score any points."
Tamika Catchings
In General:
"They (Los Angeles) came out ready to play and had more attitude than we did. We weren't ready, and we got pushed around a little bit."

HIDDEN NUMBERS
Points in the paint:
Fever 28, Sparks 34
Second-chance points:
Fever 12, Sparks 12
Fast-break points:
Fever 5, Sparks 11
Points off turnovers:
Fever 22, Sparks 15
Starters scoring:
Fever 45, Sparks 48
Bench scoring:
Fever 18, Sparks 29
GAME REPORT
Sparks 77, Fever 63
June 22, 2008 at Staples Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Box Score | WNBA Recap

Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 6-6 16 10 20 17 63
at Los Angeles 9-3 19 20 21 17 77

LOS ANGELES(AP) -- Candace Parker became the second woman to dunk in a WNBA game and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 77-63 on Sunday night.

Parker took a pass from Raffaella Masciadri, dribbled the length of the court and dunked with her right hand with 29 seconds to play.

"When I caught the ball and there was an open lane, it was a good opportunity,'' Parker said. "I'm happy that I was able to do it in Los Angeles in front of the home fans.''

Lisa Leslie, her Sparks teammate, is the only other WNBA player to do it - throwing a shot down during a game in 2002.

"Obviously, it means a lot having the first person to do it on my team,'' Parker said. "There's going to be more to come in the league itself.''

Parker finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and four assists. Leslie added 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

DeLisha Milton-Jones and Temeka Johnson had 10 points apiece for the Sparks (9-3), who have won five of six.

Tamika Catchings scored 17 points in her first start of the season for the Fever (6-6), who lost for the third time in four games. Katie Douglas had 11 points and tied her career high with five steals.

Catchings, who missed the first eight games due to a torn Achilles' tendon, also made three steals to move into fourth place on the WNBA career list.

"I really felt good,'' Catchings said. "Right now, it's more lateral movement (that is a problem). The tendon gets tight a lot, but I'm getting better and better.''

The Fever narrowed their deficit to 25-23 on LaToya Bond's 3-point basket with 6:44 left in the first half. But the Sparks used with a 14-6 surge to build a 39-26 halftime lead.

Leslie, Johnson and Sidney Spencer each had four points in the run. Indiana scored just one point in a span of 3:54 and failed to score in the final 2:50 of the first half.

The Fever shot a season-low 27.6 percent but scored 22 points off 24 Los Angeles turnovers.

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