In a game that looked almost certain that the Atlanta Dream would rally past the Chicago Sky, the home team scored 30 points in the fourth quarter to secure a 90-75 victory.
All-Star hangover? That wasn't the case for the Sky as Candace Parker was on another planet Tuesday night. She posted a season-high 31 points on 12-20 shooting from the floor, adding 11 rebounds and three steals.
After a 27-9 Atlanta run that spanned from 4:06 in the first quarter to 6:20 in the second quarter, the Sky trailed 47-44 going into the locker room. Parker kept the Sky afloat by recording a season-high 20 first-half points.
“She made key shots after key shots,” said head coach James Wade. “31 points in 33 minutes. That’s mad efficient.”
Tuesday marked Parker’s highest-scoring game since July 2018. The two-time MVP was nine points shy of her career-high.
While Candace Parker led the way, Kahleah Copper also had another spectacular night. She logged a quiet 23 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. The duo of Copper and Parker helped propel the Sky to a fourth-quarter blowout.
Shockingly for the Dream, their rookie All-Star Rhyne Howard had an off game. Copper and crew clamped down on the former Kentucky Wildcat. Howard only had seven points on 3-10 shooting from the floor.
“She’s the unlimited two-way player,” Wade said of Copper’s defensive performance. “She’s going to give you all she has. She made key play after key play, especially in the fourth quarter.”
Center Cheyenne Parker led the Dream in scoring with 14 points and pulled down six rebounds.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago Sky head west to visit the Los Angeles Sparks for the third and final head-to-head matchup of the regular season on Thursday. With a split series between the two, Chicago will look to carry its post-All-Star break momentum to the City of Angels.
Tip-off is at 9:30 PM CT on Thursday, July 14. The game aired on CW 26, Facebook, and Spectrum SportsNet.