Los Angeles Sparks blow out Seattle Storm 81-53 and keep playoff hopes alive

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Te’a Cooper scored 19 points, Nneka Ogwumike and Erica Wheeler added 17 points each and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 81-53 on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Sparks 81, Seattle Storm 53: boxing score

The Sparks (11-19) drew with the New York Liberty, a game behind the Washington Mystics for the eighth and final playoff place with two games to be played.

Brittney Sykes had 15 points and a season high of 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Seattle (20-11) dropped to fourth place, half a game behind Minnesota and a half game ahead of fifth-placed Phoenix. The Storm missed Breanna Stewart, who will also miss the regular season finale due to a foot injury.

The first four teams receive a bye for the first round in the playoffs.

The Storm, who started the game as the second highest team in the league at 85.6 per game, hit a season low for points while shooting 32% out of the field and 22% (6 out of 27) out of 3-point range.

Last time: Seattle Storm scored 14 3s in their 105-71 win over Mystics

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