Yolanda Griffith and Nicole Powell each scored 18 points and the Sacramento Monarchs held off a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 75-72 on Wednesday night in their WNBA playoff opener in Los Angeles.
The Monarchs blew most of a 16-point lead over the final 8 minutes, but hung on when Lisa Leslie missed two layups in the final seconds.
Sun 73, Shock 62: Nykesha Sales scored 19 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 points and nine rebounds as Connecticut defeated Detroit in Game 1 of their first-round WNBA playoff series in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Katie Douglas, Lindsay Whalen and Asjha Jones all had 13 points for Connecticut.
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