2002 WNBA Finals

2002 WNBA Finals

2002 WNBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Los Angeles Sparks Michael Cooper 2
New York Liberty Richie Adubato 0
Dates: August 29 - August 31
MVP: Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks)
Television: ESPN2, NBC
East Finals: New York defeated Washington, 2–1
West Finals: Los Angeles defeated Utah, 2–0
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The 2002 WNBA Finals was the championship series of the 2002 WNBA season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Los Angeles Sparks, top-seeded champions of the Western Conference, defeated the New York Liberty, top-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, two games to none in a best-of-three series. This was Los Angeles' second title. As of 2012, this is the last time a WNBA franchise won back to back championships.

The Liberty made their fourth appearance in the Finals in franchise history. The Sparks made their second straight Finals appearance.

Going into the series, the Sparks had won one WNBA championship (2001). The Houston Comets hold the record with four championships won.

The Sparks had a 25-7 record (.781), good enough to receive home-court advantage over the Liberty (18-14).

Road to the finals

Los Angeles Sparks New York Liberty
25–7 (.781)
1st West, 1st overall
Regular season 18–14 (.562)
1st East, 4th overall
Defeated the (4) Seattle Storm, 2–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (4) Indiana Fever, 2–1
Defeated the (3) Utah Starzz, 2–0 Conference Finals Defeated the (3) Washington Mystics, 2–1

Regular season series

The teams split the regular season series:

Game summaries

All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Game 1

August 29
7:30pm
Game 1 at the Wayback Machine (archived November 26, 2002)
Los Angeles Sparks 71, New York Liberty 63
Scoring by half: 35-35, 36-28
Pts: Mabika 20
Rebs: Byears 11
Pts: Hammon 18
Rebs: Weatherspoon 7

Game 2

NBC
August 31
3:30pm
Game 2 at the Wayback Machine (archived November 26, 2002)
New York Liberty 66, Los Angeles Sparks 69
Pts: Johnson, Whitmore 17
Rebs: Phillips 8
Pts: Leslie 17
Rebs: Byears 11

Nikki Teasley hit a series-winning three pointer with 02.1 seconds left. Teresa Weatherspoon tried to repeat history by trying to make a halfcout heave at the buzzer, but the shot was blocked and the Sparks win their second consecutive title.

Awards

Rosters

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