It took just two games for Candace Parker to make a big impact for the Los Angeles Sparks this season. And the timing could not have been more perfect. In the Los Angeles Sparks’ big 77-69 win over the Minnesota Lynx, she dominated. The veteran scored a game high 19 points on Sunday and nabbed 10 boards. That completed her first double double of the season.
Parker’s Dominates Lynx Early
The ex-Tennessee Volunteer looked to get involved in most of offensive possessions for the Sparks early in the contest. You could tell right away that her first full week with the team paid dividends.
She scored the first points for Los Angeles and that got her rolling offensively immediately. Parker exploded for 11 points during the opening ten minutes of the game.
During that initial quarter, Parker displayed her full arsenal against the defending WNBA champions. She sank a three pointer, drove to the rack and hit a couple of jumpers too.
By the time the half came to a close, Parker took complete control, notching 17 of her 19 total points for the game.
That first half showed what an asset she is for the Sparks and why she was so desperately missed for those three games.
Head coach Brian Agler noticed the improvements following the victory. “It’ll take maybe a little bit of time, but I can tell there was a big improvement from last Sunday to this Sunday.
I thought she did a lot of good things.”
There is still some room for improvement, obviously. Parker turned the ball over three times, which was tied for the most on the squad.
“I think our chemistry is good, were getting everybody back, we still don’t have everybody back,” Parker said afterwards. “But we had a solid week of practice together and getting back on the court for us it’s just about reps.”
Candace Parker definitely had some help along the way. Chelsea Gray, Odyssey Sims and Nneka Ogwumike all scored in double figures. Gray was lethal from inside the arc, finishing second on the team with 15 points. Sims and Ogwumike, who had three steals and one block, added 12 more points each to aid in the victory.
Jantel Lavender made her first appearance for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2018. She played just three minutes and was 1-1 from the field.
The Los Angeles Sparks continue their home stand on Thursday night, as they take on the Seattle Storm. Tip off is set for 7:30 PM PST. You can watch the game on ESPN 2.