Los Angeles defeats Phoenix in overtime despite ‘living legend’ Diana Turasi’s absence, but Lexi Brown and Jordyn Canada’s late-game focus saves LA from back-to-back losses.
The Los Angeles Sparks won 99-93 against the Phoenix Mercury in the 2023 WNBA at the Footprint Centre in Phoenix, Arizona, on 3 March.
Los Angeles, which dropped both games of the back-to-back against Las Vegas, improved to 2-2 against Phoenix this season. After beating Minnesota in their last game for their first win of the season, Phoenix is back to losing for the first time in nine days.
Initially, it was a case of LA running away and Phoenix following. After baskets from Lexi Brown, Jordyn Canada and Nekah Ogwumike and a three-pointer from Canada, LA jumped out to a 9-2 lead. But Phoenix answered right back with a three-pointer from Diana Turasi and baskets from Sophie Cunningham and Alesia Sutton.
With the game tightly contested from the start, the two teams played in a similar fashion until the end. After back-to-back three-pointers from Gia Cooke gave LA the lead, Phoenix responded with quick baskets from Brittney Griner and Cunningham to tie the game.스포츠토토
From there, it was a back-and-forth affair. After a jumper and free throw by Griner put Phoenix back on top, LA answered with a pair of free throws and a layup by Nneka Ogumike. Phoenix answered with a three-pointer from Turacci. Instead, the third quarter ended 67-69 in favour of LA.
After back-to-back crucial baskets by Turacci, LA cut the lead to 81-84 with 1:26 left in the fourth quarter. But a Canadian three-pointer tied the game, and after a Griner free throw, LA regained the lead with a sharp steal by Brown before Phoenix missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Sutton, sending the teams into their first overtime of the season.
In overtime, it was LA who took control after the midway point. After a three-pointer by Turacci gave them the lead, Nekah Ogumike scored and Brown hit a crucial three-pointer with 1:03 left to make it 95-91.
A four-point game. Sutton’s pass was intercepted by Canada and she converted a fast break layup to make it 97-93 with 42 seconds left. The game was virtually decided.
Cunningham’s layup kept Phoenix in the game, but Clarendon’s two free throws sealed the win for Los Angeles in overtime.