It hasn’t been quite, however the Los Angeles Sparks have actually created a three-game winning streak because the Olympic break to enhance to 9-13. They are simply a half a video game out of playoff position.
On Thursday night, Nneka Ogwumike (17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 helps, 3 takes) rebounded a missed out on Kristi Toliver 3 and returned a layup with 0.1 seconds delegated offer the Sparks a 66-64 win over the Atlanta Dream at the STAPLES Center. N. Ogwumike was backing up Atlanta’s Aari McDonald and Crystal Bradford in the middle of the paint when Toliver’s shot struck the back rim. The ball then struck off the left side of the rim and N. Ogwumike captured it on the best side of the basket vulnerable.
The Dream almost finished a furious resurgence. They went on an 11-2 run from 5:21 left in the 4th till N. Ogwumike’s last basket. McDonald struck a triple that cut the Sparks’ cause 3 with 1:06 to go and Bradford followed with a trey of her own that connected the video game at 32 seconds staying.
Brittney Sykes did her part for LA with 9 points, 8 boards and 2 takes while Toliver completed with 10 points and 5 assistants.
Courtney Williams published 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 helps in defeat and McDonald included 15 points and 3 helps. The Dream was up to 6-16.
Phoenix Mercury (12-10) over Washington Mystics (8-13), 77-64
Brittney Griner notched her 3rd 30-point video game of the season and included 12 rebounds and 5 helps as Phoenix enhanced to 3-0 after the break.
The Mercury were down 4 after one and 5 at the break prior to winning the 2nd half 38-20. Skylar Diggins-Smith returned from an ankle injury and supported Griner with 17 points and 4 assistants.
Tina Charles had 17 points and 6 boards in defeat. The Mystics were held to 28 percent shooting from the field.