Sparks 2020 Season Ends In Second Round of WNBA Playoffs

The Los Angeles Sparks were eliminated in the second round of the 2020 WNBA Playoffs by the Connecticut Sun, 73-59. The Connecticut duo of DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas led the way for the Sun, combining for 36 points and 20 rebounds. The Sparks were held to their lowest point total of the season, after previously beating the Sun in both of their regular-season matchups and averaging 80.5 points in those victories.

The Sparks felt the absence of Nneka Ogwumike from the tip, who missed the game with an illness. Connecticut set the tone early, going on a 13-0 run in the first quarter. The Sparks only scored eight points in the first, their lowest total of any quarter this season.

Even in the loss, Candace Parker put on a phenomenal performance, recording game-highs in both points third all-time, with 19 playoff double-doubles. She was previously tied with Lisa Leslie at 18. Parker’s five assists pushed her to also become 13th all-time in playoff assists in the WNBA, after previously being tied with Nikki Teasley.

Chelsea Gray scored early in the third quarter, after going scoreless in the first half. Yet the third quarter still belonged to the Sun, who outscored the Sparks 20-17. Alyssa Thomas scored eight of her team-high 19 points in the third quarter alone.

The Sparks played their best basketball of the night in the final ten minutes. The team made a dent in Connecticut’s lead, outscoring them 19-14 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome the gap they allowed in the first three periods. The Sparks finished the game with 14 turnovers, 14 assists, and a 33.3% field goal percentage.

Los Angeles ends their 2020 WNBA Bubble season with a 15-8 record, including the playoffs.