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AP - Jul 22, 8:13 pm EDT 1 of 2 WNBA Gallery AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP)—Candace Parker scored 21 points and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 19 before both were ejected after a scuffle in the final minute as the Los Angeles Sparks held on to beat the Detroit Shock 84-81 Tuesday night.
The game turned ugly in the final seconds as a collision between Parker and Detroit’s Plenette Pierson turned into a shoving match that saw players and coaches from both teams leave the bench.
Shock assistant coach Rick Mahorn, who was involved in the Pistons-Pacers brawl on Nov. 19, 2004, as a Detroit broadcaster trying to break up the fight, appeared to shove Lisa Leslie to the floor at one point.
Parker, Milton-Jones, Pierson and Mahorn were all ejected, while Detroit’s Cheryl Ford left the floor on a wheelchair after getting injured while trying to restrain Pierson.
Detroit rallied from 21 down but missed a chance to win the game in the final 2 minutes. The Shock have now lost two straight at home after starting the season 10-0 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Leslie finished with 10 points for Los Angeles, which swept the two-game season series.
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Olympic teammate Katie Smith led the Shock with 20 points.
Detroit had a chance to go ahead in the final 90 seconds when Alexis Hornbuckle stripped the ball away from Parker, her former college teammate at Tennessee. Deanna Nolan, though, lost control of the ball on what could have been a go-ahead layup, then missed a defended jumper.
Leslie hit a short jumper as the shot clock expired, moving Los Angeles’ advantage to 80-77 with 17 seconds left, then knocked a key rebound away from Nolan with 8 seconds to go.
After the lengthy delay following the scuffle, Smith hit a 3-pointer to make it 82-81 with 2.3 seconds left, but Keisha Brown clinched the game from the line.
The Shock trailed 42-21 in the second quarter as they struggled to guard Parker. The rookie had 15 points in the half on 6-of-9 shooting despite constant attention from the defense.
Detroit, though, was able to take control of the game on the boards in the third quarter, and cut the margin to 57-49 on Smith’s 3-pointer late in the period.
The Sparks took a 62-52 lead into the fourth, but the Shock pulled within five on Hornbuckle’s 3-pointer with 4:46 to play.