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Sparks vs. Stars Final Score: Robinson, Hammon help San Antonio get a 72-69 victory

The San Antonio Stars (7-6) get a firmer grip on the #3 seed in the Western Conference standings after defeating the Los Angeles Sparks (4-8) on the road.


Danielle Robinson scored the game tying and go-ahead layups for the San Antonio Stars to help lead them to a 72-69 win against the Los Angeles Sparks. Once you include an additional free throw that she made with one second left, Robinson scored each the Stars' last five points, all in the last 40 seconds of the game.

Before D-Rob took over, Nneka Ogwumike scored 11 of L.A.'s 15 points in the fourth quarter. After she made a bank shot with 3:37 left in the game, the Sparks were up, 69-67, and momentum was on their side. Ogwumike's last basket capped off a 7-0 run from 5:49 left in the period after Jantel Lavender made a basket. After that point, they couldn't get another bucket. This is eerily similar to their June 8 loss to the Minnesota Lynx, where the Sparks couldn't score a single point in the last four and a half minutes of the game.

The Stars' win wasn't all about D-Rob however, who scored 13 total points and added four assists. Becky Hammon also got red-hot from the three point line. After only scoring two points in the game's first three quarters, the veteran guard made all three of her three-point shot attempts. Danielle Adams was the last San Antonio player to score in double figures, scoring 13 points off the bench.

For the Sparks, in addition to Ogwumike who scored 24 points and grabbed 11 total rebounds, Candace Parker added 17 points, and Lavender added 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. L.A. actually outrebounded San Antonio, 39-25, outscored them in the paint, 42-34, and had more second chance points, 12-7). However, they committed 23 turnovers, which turned into 20 Stars points. Alana Beard had an injury scare late in the game where she apparently hurt her knee, but she was able to walk off on her own power, and she returned soon after.

I'm liking the progress that San Antonio has made this season and Jake will have more of his thoughts on the team tomorrow. But for the Sparks, this is another game where they built momentum late, and then couldn't close out the game at the end.