Fever beat Parker, Sparks in 2OT
By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer
Article Launched: 05/29/2008 07:14:26 PM PDT
INDIANAPOLIS—Tan White scored 11 of her 20 points in the second overtime, and the Indiana Fever held off the Los Angeles Sparks 82-78 on Thursday night to give Candace Parker her first professional loss.
Parker had 16 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and five steals. The rookie from Tennessee scored six points in the final minute of the second overtime to keep the Sparks in the game.
It was a wild game that featured failed dunk attempts by both Parker and Lisa Leslie. Leslie, the only WNBA player to dunk in a regular-season game, finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
The teams also combined for a league-record 27 blocked shots.
Katie Douglas led the Fever with 25 points and tied a team record with her fourth-straight 20-point game. Ebony Hoffman had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Bernadette Ngoyisa added 14 points and nine rebounds for Indiana (3-1).
The second overtime belonged to White. She scored the Fever's first basket of the period, then scored again on a baseline leaner that gave Indiana a 74-69 lead with 2:13 to play.
A midrange jumper by White made it 78-74 with 39 seconds left, but Parker scored 7 seconds later to make it 78-76.
White scored on driving layup over Leslie with 10 seconds left to make it 80-76, Indiana. Parker scored again with 6 seconds left, but White made two free throws to finish the game. White also had 10 rebounds and five assists.
In the first overtime, Shannon
Bobbitt's mid-range jumper put the Sparks (2-1) up 69-67 with 16 seconds left, but Hoffman's putback on the other end forced a second overtime.
The Fever led 37-22 at halftime, but the Sparks cut their deficit to 48-44 late in the quarter. The Fever rallied to lead 53-46 at the end of the period.
A baseline jumper by Parker with 3:08 to play gave the Sparks a 61-59 lead, their first advantage since the game's opening minutes. The teams were tied at 65 in the final minute when Leslie missed and Douglas rebounded with 27 seconds to play. Douglas missed a circus shot that could have tied the game with 5 seconds left, and the game went into overtime.
The Fever led throughout the first quarter, but Parker provided the most spectacular moment. She blocked a shot, leading to a fast break. She got into the open court and appeared to be going up for a dunk when she lost control of the ball and the crowd moaned a collective "ohhhh."
The Fever led 25-13 at the end of the first quarter, and Parker went scoreless with three turnovers.
Parker continued to struggle in the second quarter, and the Fever led 37-22 at halftime. Parker went scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting, while Douglas had 14 points at the break.
Leslie missed a dunk attempt with 8:43 left in the third quarter, then Parker finally scor