LOS ANGELES -- The Sacramento Monarchs finally figured out a way to beat the Los Angeles Sparks at, of all places, Staples Center, where no opponent had succeeded this season.
Yolanda Griffith scored 24 points and the Monarchs won 80-60 Sunday, snapping the Sparks' 17-game home winning streak and forcing a decisive third game Monday night in the WNBA Western Conference finals.
Lisa Leslie led the Sparks with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but had just two points in the second half after receiving the WNBA's MVP award before tipoff.
Sting 62, Liberty 53
NEW YORK -- Andrea Stinson took over the game in the second half, scoring 16 of her team's final 22 points as the Charlotte Sting, facing playoff elimination, defeated the New York Liberty. Evening their WNBA Eastern Conference finals series at one game apiece, the Sting forced a deciding Game 3 to be played Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Stinson finished with 18 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Sting, who lost Game 1 by allowing the Liberty to score the final 13 points. This time, Charlotte closed the game with an 18-7 run.
behind the five-year veteran who has started every game in team history.
Dawn Staley added 18 points, making four of Charlotte's nine 3-pointers. Allison Feaster added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Vickie Johnson had 16 and Crystal Robinson 13 for the Liberty.
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