Preview: Los Angeles Sparks | Aug 4, 2019

Aug. 4, 2019

HOW TO WATCH

Sunday’s game in Los Angeles will be broadcast live on NBA TV at 2 p.m. PT and streamed onleaguepass.wnba.com. Fans can also follow live stats at Stormbasketball.com, or on Twitter by following @SeattleStorm.

LAST TIME OUT

Returning from AT&T WNBA All Star 2019, the Storm was defeated in a 2018 WNBA Finals rematch vs. the Washington Mystics, falling 99-79 at home in wire-to-wire fashion. Natasha Howard was the only Storm player to score in double figures, netting 26 points and grabbing six rebounds. Elena Delle Donne –named the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for July – kicked off August with 29 point and 13 rebounds.

Seattle started 1-for-12 from the field until Jewell Loyd scored on a fast break at the 2:26 mark of the first quarter to make it 18-5. Washington led by at least eight points the rest of the way.

Sami Whitcomb knocked down a pair from beyond the arc, but Seattle finished 3-of-22 from 3-point range (13.6 pct). Struggling to connect from deep, Seattle worked the interior for 42 paint points, including 20 from Howard.

After going 0-for-4 in the first half of play, Jordin Canada finished with nine points and dished six assists, including a fast-break layup at the 5:36 mark of the final frame to put the Storm within 12 points of the Mystics. However, Washington countered with 3-pointers on its next three possessions. Ariel Atkins was responsible for five of the Mystics’ 13 three-pointers.

SERIES HISTORY

After picking up a vibrant 84-62 win at home on June 21, the Storm will make its first attempt to clinch the regular-season series over Los Angeles Sparks. The all-time record is tied at 36 wins each, though Los Angeles leads 22-12 at home.

In their lone regular-season meeting, Jewell Loyd tallied a game-high 23 points and was responsible for the Storm’s first 11 points of the game. After the Sparks opened play with a 10-3 run, Seattle pulled ahead by the end of the first quarter and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

Candace Parker finished 1-for-9 from the field in her second game after returning from a leg injury. Nneka Ogwumike scored a team-high 10 points for the Sparks.

SCOUTING LOS ANGELES

The Los Angeles Sparks snapped the Las Vegas Aces’ five-game winning streak with a 76-68 victory on Thursday. Nneka Ogwumike posted a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. After missing five games with an ankle injury, Candace Parker finished with 16 points, and Chelsea Gray added another 16 to offset a strong performance by Kayla McBride.

After 13 lead changes in the first 30 minutes, Los Angeles took a one-possession advantage into the fourth quarter. Las Vegas got within one point but the Sparks never surrendered the lead. Both teams shot below 30 percent in the final frame.

UP NEXT

The Storm will play its final regular-season home game at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash., hosting the Dallas Wings on Thursday, Aug. 8. The game tips off at 7 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on JOEtv and NBA TV and live streamed on WNBA League Pass.