A few fantastic individual performances helped Derek Fisher’s Los Angeles Sparks squad extend its winning streak to three games with a 98-81 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday. The Sparks (7-6) moved above .500 for the first time since June 18 with the win.
Nneka Ogwumike led the way with an impressive 31 points and 10 rebounds on 11-15 shooting from the floor. She also led the team with two blocks in the fantastic individual effort. Chelsea Gray was also phenomenal, recording a triple double from the point guard position. Gray scored 13 points to go with 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Gray’s triple double is just the ninth in WNBA history, a feat that Derek called “quite remarkable.”
Chelsea Gray recorded the 8th triple-double in @WNBA history Sunday.
She is the 3rd Sparks player to record a triple-double joining Lisa Leslie in 2004 and Candace Parker in 2017.
There has been a triple-double in each of the last 3 seasons. pic.twitter.com/D39Haltvay
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 8, 2019
After the Sparks scored just 52 points the first time these two teams met, Gray and Nneka Ogwumike combined to score nearly that themselves in this meeting. Fisher credited getting more reps with Candace Parker in the lineup to some of the team’s improved performance.
“We’re seeing more carryover from practice to games on a nightly basis,” Fisher said. “Those are all good signs.”
Unfortunately for the Sparks, their winning streak came to an end in Tuesday’s 74-62 loss to the Dallas Wings. The team struggled shooting the ball, shooting just 21.1% from beyond the arc and 36.6% overall from the field. To make matters worse, Parker rolled her ankle and exited the game after only six minutes of action.
The bright spot for Los Angeles came in the form of the Ogwumike sisters. Nneka and Chiney both tallied double doubles, with Nneka scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Chiney totaled 11 points and matched her sister’s total with 10 boards.
Up next, the Sparks (7-7) face the Indiana Fever (6-10) on the road on Friday at 4 p.m. PT.