2002 WNBA Finals
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2002 WNBA Finals
2002 WNBA Finals
Dates August 29 - August 31
MVP Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks)
Television ESPN2, NBC
Eastern Finals New York defeated Washington, 2-1
Western Finals Los Angeles defeated Utah, 2-0

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 2017, this is the last time a WNBA franchise won back to back championships. Coincidentally 2 months before the finals, the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA would win their 14th title by sweeping a New York Metro team, the New Jersey Nets 4-0.

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

The Sparks went into the series as defending champions. 2002 marked their second WNBA championship. (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).

To date, this is the last time the New York Liberty have reached the WNBA Finals.

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 had split the regular season series:

Game summaries

All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Game 1

August 29
"Game 1". Archived from the original on 2002-11-26. Retrieved .
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

August 31
"Game 2". Archived from the original on 2002-11-26. Retrieved .
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles

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



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