Storm eliminated from playoffs, then lose

  • Fri Aug 15th, 2014 9:52pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Candace Parker scored 24 points, Kristi Toliver had 20 and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 77-65 in WNBA action Friday night.

Los Angeles shot a season-high 61 percent from the field.

Jenna O’ Hea scored a career-high 16 points for the Storm (12-21), who were eliminated from the playoffs before tipoff when San Antonio defeated Minnesota. It is the first time Seattle has missed the playoffs since 2003.

The Storm rested most of their starters as Sue Bird, Camille Little and Tanisha Wright did not play in the second half.

The Sparks (16-17) are a game ahead of San Antonio for third place in the Western Conference with one regular-season game remaining. Los Angeles can clinch the conference’s No. 3 playoff spot with a win Saturday at West-leading Phoenix.

San Antonio, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Sparks, finishes Sunday against Chicago.