Jun 29, 2016
Let's start with two who did not win honors for last night but easily could have.
Breanna Stewart scored a career-high 38 points in Seattle's victory over Atlanta, a phenomenal performance by any measure. However Atlanta was without both Sancho Lyttle and Tiffany Hayes, so you have to consider that in the equation. Skylar Diggins scored 29 against the Sparks, but they dropped a heart-breaker in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile in that same game in Los Angeles, Candace Parker put on a show on one of the most emotional days one can face.
No one would have cared if Parker sat out last night's game on the heels of her coach and mentor Pat Summitt passing away, or if she had an off game people would have cut her slack.
Wearing (Tennessee) orange kicks, Parker and the Sparks overcame a sluggish first half and a 22-point deficit with an incredible second half rally to defeat Dallas 89-84.
Our Swisher of the Night, Parker scored 25 points in the second half alone, on her way to a 31 point, 13 rebound game. For good measure, she dished seven assists as well, winning her Disher of the Night honors.
What else is there to say about the game played by Parker last night? Under normal circumstances, 31-13-7 is one heck of a stat line. Under the circumstances she faced yesterday, it was the type of game legends are made of.
Should the Sparks go on to win the championship this season, you can look back at this game, when the Sparks overcame a 22 point deficit on the day Pat Summitt passed away, as a difference maker.