The biggest shot of Nneka Ogwumike's young pro career sunk the Storm Sunday in Los Angeles. With the game tied at 65 and the clock ticking toward zero, the No. 1 overall pick of this year's draft drove and shot an off-balance runner under defensive pressure from Ann Wauters. The shot went through the net with 2.1 seconds remaining, giving the Sparks the lead. Without any timeouts, the Storm got only a desperation heave from Sue Bird at half court before the buzzer. Ogwumike's shot capped a wild final minute. Los Angeles went ahead twice only for the Storm to tie the score, first on a Katie Smith three-pointer and then when Camille Little tipped in Sue Bird's miss with 5.5 seconds left.
The final outcome ruined a strong performance from the Storm on the road. The teams traded the lead much of the first half before the Storm took control in the third quarter. After a Tanisha Wright jumper pushed the advantage to seven with 4:11 to go, the Sparks clamped down defensively, holding Seattle scoreless for more than three and a half minutes as part of a 10-0 run. The Storm shot 38.7 percent from the field but held L.A. to 34.9 percent shooting. With teammates struggling beyond the arc, Smith supplied needed production with five three-pointers and a season-high 19 points. Bird added 12 points and six assists, though she couldn't find the range, missing seven of her eight three-point attempts. Ewelina Kobryn was effective off the bench with seven points and three rebounds. Kristi Toliver's 23 points and seven assists led the Sparks. Candace Parker (16 points, 13 rebounds) finished with a double-double.