Parker, Copper shine for Sky in first game back from All-Star break
Fourth quarter comebacks have been a theme for the Sky all season long, and that was the case against the Atlanta Dream in the first game back from the All-Star break.
Chicago used a 30-10 run in the final quarter to pick up the 90-75 win.
“We have experience,” head coach James Wade said after the game. “They’re not afraid of any moments. Once you go through these playoff moments, everybody is playing for each other. Everyone has a common goal.”
Offensively, Chicago started out shooting a perfect 100% from the floor in the opening five minutes of play.
Candace Parker set a new season-high with 31 points and 11 boards, her 150th career double-double. She also became the oldest person in WNBA history to record a 30-point double-double.
“I know at 36, there’s not a lot of days where I wake up, and my body feels great,” Parker said after the game. “Today, I was able to bring energy and move. I don’t want to waste those days.”
The second and third quarters were all Atlanta. The Dream put a couple of runs together, including a 27-9 stretch heading into halftime with 10 of those points coming off second and third chance shots.
Kahleah Copper was the other Sky player who went off, putting up 23 points and knocking down a crucial 3-pointer in the 4th quarter. Copper and Parker combined for 54 of the team’s 90 points.
“They have a special bond,” Wade said. “Not only do they lean on each other, but they hold each other accountable, too. They feed off each other’s energy, and they put that energy on to the rest of the team. The team feeds off both of them, and it’s pretty amazing to watch.”
Chicago hits the road for a couple games with the first one coming on Thursday against the Los Angeles Sparks. Tip time is set for 9:30 p.m. on Marquee Plus.