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Thursday, September 9, 2004 at STAPLES Center
Detroit Shock 63, Los Angeles Sparks 81

Recap | Box Score
September 9th, 2004
STAPLES Center
Shock 63, Sparks 81
Points:(DET) S. Cash, 19
(LAS) L. Leslie, 29
Rebounds:(DET) C. Ford, 11
(LAS) L. Leslie, 15
Assists:(DET) 2 tied, 4
(LAS) 3 tied, 3
Blocks:(DET) C. Ford, 2
(LAS) L. Leslie, 10
Steals:(DET) C. Ford, 4
(LAS) 3 tied, 2
Turnovers:(DET) E. Powell, 7
(LAS) T. Dixon, 8
Biggest
Lead:
(DET) 2
(LAS) 18
Fastbreak
Points:
(DET) 12
(LAS) 6
POSTGAME QUOTES
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PLAYER OF THE GAME
Lisa Leslie
  • Points: 29
  • Rebounds: 15
  • Blocks: 10
  • Minutes: 38
  • Bird's Season Statistics
    Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    On tonight’s game:
    “We [Detroit Shock] had a first good half, but the second half our team did not come out and play as aggressively. We were out rebounded in the second half 8-20, you can not win a game without getting rebounds.”

    On the turning point of the game:
    “I think that the turning point was the second half, we did not make any baskets and we were tremendously out rebounded.”

    Shock Forward Cheryl Ford

    On tonight’s game:
    “In the first half we played well, in the second half our shots were not falling.”

    On tonight’s game plan:
    “Our team knew that the [Los Angeles] Sparks were going to be playing without key starters, so we wanted to capitalize on that by going after their rookie players.”

    Shock Forward Swin Cash

    On motivating the team after two losses:
    “I do not think at this time my team needs to be motivated, my team knows what we have to do. We needed this win tonight, but we are going to have to forget about this loss and get ready for our next game.”

    On the difference between the first and second half:
    “The second half we did not play well defensively. We only had three defensive rebounds and we had poor shot selection. In the first half we played with consistency and you have to play two halves of basketball to win a game.”

    Sparks Coach Karleen Thompson

    On Lisa Leslie’s performance:
    “I played with her and I know what she keeps in her back pocket. She has stepped up after coming back from the Olympics and winning a gold medal. She was able to come in and focus on the job at hand, which is going after the WNBA championship.”

    On teams’ performance:
    “We want to see our team perform well whether we win or lose. We went out there and took this game. Teresa Weatherspoon came off the bench and played great defense, which helped us turn up our defense and stop them from winning tonight’s game.”

    Sparks Center Lisa Leslie

    On her triple-double in tonight’s game:
    “I came close to scoring a triple-double in the past and now that I have accomplished getting the triple-double it feels great. I never thought that I would be able to do it in my career. I did not think I had that many blocks.”

    On her career high in blocks:
    "It has been hard to lead in blocks. I am very proud about my defensive plays, especially my blocks. Maybe I can get defensive player of the year."

    Sparks Guard Tamecka Dixon

    On tonight’s game:
    “We go out and play. We went into yesterday’s game limping. We were minus three players. It is hard to come back from that, especially if we do not match the other team’s intensity but we came out and played like true champions tonight.”

    Sparks Guard Nikki Teasley

    On tonight’s game:
    “We are pleased with the win but we are not yet satisfied. We will have to come back to win again on Sunday against the Sacramento Monarchs. We have to play great one on one defense. We are facing a lot of adversity. This is a big win for us.”

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