From start to finish, the Seattle Storm found it difficult to score against the Los Angeles Sparks Sunday evening at the Staples Center. The Storm scored just eight points in the first quarter and nine in the fourth quarter as part of the team's lowest-scoring out since the finale of the 2008 regular season. The Sparks pulled away with a 14-2 run in the first half and a 15-4 run across the third and fourth quarters that put the game away.
The Storm shot just 30.3 percent from the field and turned the ball over 22 times. Sue Bird, who scored 15 points, was the lone Storm player to score double figures. Fellow All-Stars Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson had a much tougher time as L.A. packed the paint on defense. The two combined to miss 21 of their 27 shot attempts. The Sparks got excellent production from their bench, which outscored the Storm reserves 40-7. Ebony Hoffman scored a team-high 12 points and Kristi Toliver added 11.