September 19, 2009 in Sports

Storm edge Sparks to extend best-of-3 playoff series

Associated Press

Camille Little stole an inbounds pass and laid it in with 5 seconds left, helping the Seattle Storm defeat the Los Angeles Sparks 75-74 on Friday night in Seattle, and even the best-of-3 WNBA Western Conference semifinals.

The Sparks were up 74-70 when Sue Bird drained a 3-pointer with 10.7 seconds left, cutting the lead to one. Los Angeles called a timeout and inbounded from the sideline near midcourt. Little stole it, went under the hoop and laid it in one-handed.

Lisa Leslie, whose tip-in with 27.9 seconds left snapped a 70-70 tie, and Delisha Milton-Jones missed shots in the final seconds.

Swin Cash led Seattle with 18 points and Little finished with eight.

Betty Lennox had 17 points for the Sparks.

Game 3 is Sunday in Seattle.

Shock 94, Dream 79: At Duluth, Ga., Deanna Nolan scored 22 points and Shavonte Zellous added 21 to help Detroit advance to the WNBA’s Eastern Conference finals with a victory over Atlanta.

Alexis Hornbuckle had 15 points for the Shock, who swept the best-of-3 series and will face either Indiana or Washington in the next round.

Ivory Latta led the Dream with 21 points, while Angel McCoughtry had 17 points.

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