Candace Parker hobbled into the postgame press conference with ice bags over both knees and slung over her left shoulder. But soreness was a small price to pay for a return trip to the WNBA Finals.
Parker drove for a layup with 2.9 seconds left, giving the Los Angeles Sparks an 89-87 win and three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semifinals Sunday.
Parker, a two-time league most valuable player, finished with 21 points and 11 assists.
The Mercury's Brittney Griner missed a shot as time expired and the Sparks celebrated with shouts and embraces in front of their bench.
“In Sparks fashion, we made things interesting down the stretch,” Parker said....