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Sun steal a historical night away from Candace Parker, defeating the Sky 68-63

When we talk about all-time great women athletes Candace Parker should be atop of that list. Parker Sunday turned back the clock and had an all- time great performance Parker led the Sky with 19 points and 18 rebounds in a historic outing. She became the first player in league history to have 15 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a playoff game.

However, despite Parker’s best efforts the Sun was victorious 68-63 the game was one full of runs The Sun had started the night lethargic, but stuck in the game and responded with a huge 11-0 run that lasted four minutes to take a brief lead after the first quarter. The two teams then entered halftime tied up at 34 after a huge 20 minutes from Parker, who had nine points and eight rebounds at the break.

After halftime Sun jumped out into a 12-0 run. That run gave them an eight-point lead, which was the largest of the game so far. The Sun ended the third on a 14-2 run in total and held Chicago to just 12 points in the period. Dewuanna Bonner led the Sun with 15 points and nine rebounds, and she was one of four players to score in double figures in the win. Alyssa Thomas dropped 12 points and 10 rebounds, and both Jonquel Jones and Brionna Jones added 12 points. Despite shooting just about 23% from the 3-point line, the Sun forced 11 turnovers and out-rebounded Chicago by 11.

The game was fought close to the vest throughout. At one point fans sat through the longest jump ball in the history of the sport as Khaleah Cooper who turned 28 on Sunday held the ball on the ground for an eternity she did not want to relinquish the ball. Which was a very funny moment in a serious situation. The defending champs Chicago Sky look to rebound Wednesday for game 2 at Connecticut.

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