The Los Angeles Sparks were a perfect 9-0 at home until the Chicago Sky snapped their winning streak off of a three-pointer by Stefanie Dolson.
The Sky topped the Sparks 82-80 to behind a late three-pointer from Stefanie Dolson. Thursday’s loss marks the L.A.’s first home loss of the season. They now fall to 14-6 and are three games back of the Minnesota Lynx.
It was Dolson’s three with 20.8 seconds left that led to the win, but the Sky’s defense that secured it.
Nneka Ogwumike was forced into a double team in the lane and her initial shot was blocked out-of-bounds by Imani Boyette with 4.8 seconds left. Boyette then blocked another shot under the basket, and Ogwumike’s attempt at a putback was just short at the buzzer. Dolson had 15 points and her only made three-pointer was the game winner. Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and 14 assists and Boyette ended the game with 12 points and two blocks.
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Ogwumike had a game-high 24 points and ten blocks. Candace Parker followed that up with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block. With the Connecticut Sun sliding the Sparks still have a comfortable hold on the second seed in the west. However, the loss puts them an extra game behind the 16-2 Lynx.
The Sparks next game is Tuesday, July 25, at 7:30 PST at the Staples Center against the Seattle Storm.