NEW YORK, July 12 -- Nikki Teasley
stepped up for her injured Los Angeles Sparks teammate.
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Nikki Teasley made sure the West All-Stars stayed unbeaten.
Jesse D. Garrabrant
After Lisa Leslie
left the WNBA All-Star Game with a bruised knee, Teasley took over and led the Western Conference to an 84-75 victory over the East.
Teasley, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, collected 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals to help the West improve to 5-0 all time.
Leslie scored all of her 17 points in the first half but exited with 14:33 remaining and her team behind, 50-46. After West teammate Lauren Jackson
blocked a shot by the Swin Cash
, Jackson collided with Cash, sending the Detroit Shock forward into Leslie's right knee.
A three-time All-Star Game MVP, Leslie was helped from the floor and taken to Beth Israel Hospital for an MRI. She is listed as day-to-day.
After a jumper by Nykesha Sales
gave the East a 54-52 lead with 11:40 to play, the West countered with a 14-0 run over the next 3½ minutes. Yolanda Griffith
scored half of her 14 points during the burst, including a layup off a behind-the-back pass from Teasley.
The East pulled within 71-68 on a 3-pointer by Detroit's Deanna Nolan
with 2:39 remaining, but Teasley stole the ball from Dawn Staley
and nailed a 3-pointer with 2:15 left, and the East got no closer.
of the Indiana Fever scored 17 points, Nolan had 15 and Tari Phillips
of the New York Liberty chipped in 13 for the East, who shot just 26 percent in the second half (12-of-46) after connecting at 49 percent (18-of-37) in building a 46-38 halftime lead.