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Loyd Nets 25 Points, Achieves Dual Milestones, Paving Seattle Storm’s 72-61 Triumph Over Struggling Sparks

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Jewell Loyd contributed 25 points to guide the Seattle Storm in clinching a 72-61 victory against the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday evening, thereby hampering the latter’s chances for a playoff berth.

With a season record of 15-21, the Los Angeles Sparks now share the last qualifying spot for the playoffs with the Chicago Sky. However, the Sky possess the advantage due to their 3-1 victory in the season series.

In achieving the 25-point feat, Loyd became part of an elite group of players, joining A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Breanna Stewart of the New York Liberty, who have also surpassed the 800-point mark this season. Additionally, Loyd exceeded 900 career assists.

Supplementing the team’s efforts, Sami Whitcomb tallied 14 points for the Seattle Storm, who currently hold an 11-15 record. This win helped the Storm snap a three-game losing skid.

On the side of the Los Angeles Sparks, Nneka Ogwumike managed to score 11 points, while Karlie Samuelson and Rae Burrell each contributed 10. Overall, the Sparks had a shooting efficiency of just 30%, making only 20 of their 66 attempts. Furthermore, they were outperformed by 10 points at the free-throw line. Jordin Canada achieved two steals during the game, marking her twelfth consecutive game with multiple steals— a streak not seen for a decade.

In the early stages of the match, Seattle asserted their dominance by taking a 22-12 lead in the opening quarter and concluded the first half with a 38-29 advantage.

Although the Sparks managed to narrow the gap to a five-point deficit early in the third quarter, Seattle extended their lead back to 12. A late surge from Rae Burrell and Zia Cooke, including a 3-pointer and two free throws respectively, brought the Sparks within an eight-point margin, making the score 52-44 as the game entered its final quarter.

Despite Burrell’s 3-pointer reducing the gap to just one point, Jewell Loyd extinguished any comeback hopes by scoring the subsequent five points, eventually contributing nine consecutive points for Seattle to decisively close out the game.


Source: AP WNBA, Link

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What was the final score of the Seattle Storm vs Los Angeles Sparks game?

The final score of the game was Seattle Storm 72, Los Angeles Sparks 61.

Who was the leading scorer for the Seattle Storm?

Jewell Loyd was the leading scorer for the Seattle Storm with 25 points.

Did Jewell Loyd achieve any milestones during this game?

Yes, Jewell Loyd achieved two significant milestones: she reached the 800-point mark for the season and surpassed 900 career assists.

What was the status of the Los Angeles Sparks in terms of playoff qualifications?

Following the loss, the Los Angeles Sparks found themselves tied with the Chicago Sky for the last playoff spot. However, Chicago holds the tiebreaker advantage due to winning the season series 3-1.

How did the Sparks perform in terms of shooting efficiency?

The Los Angeles Sparks had a shooting efficiency of 30%, making only 20 of their 66 field goal attempts.

Did any player from the Sparks achieve individual milestones?

Jordin Canada had two steals in the game, marking her twelfth consecutive game with multiple steals. This is the longest such streak in 10 years.

Who contributed to the Seattle Storm besides Jewell Loyd?

Sami Whitcomb also contributed by scoring 14 points for the Seattle Storm.

Did the Seattle Storm have any recent losing streaks?

Yes, prior to this win, the Seattle Storm had been on a three-game losing streak.

At what points during the game did Los Angeles come close to Seattle’s score?

Los Angeles managed to narrow the gap to a five-point deficit early in the third quarter. Rae Burrell and Zia Cooke’s late efforts brought the Sparks within an eight-point margin entering the fourth quarter.

Did any other player join Jewell Loyd in reaching the 800-point milestone this season?

Yes, Jewell Loyd joined A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Breanna Stewart of the New York Liberty in surpassing the 800-point mark for the season.

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JohnDoe42 September 1, 2023 - 4:15 pm

Wow, what a game! Loyd was absolutely on fire, 25 pts and those milestones? Incredible stuff. Go

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