2002 WNBA Finals
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.
|Dates||August 29 – August 31|
|MVP||Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks)|
|Eastern Finals||New York defeated Washington, 2–1|
|Western Finals||Los Angeles defeated Utah, 2–0|
The Liberty made their fourth appearance in the Finals in franchise history. The Sparks made their second straight Finals appearance.
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 finalsEdit
|Los Angeles Sparks||New York Liberty|
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 seriesEdit
The teams had split the regular season series:
All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.
|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
Madison Square Garden, New York
|New York Liberty 66, Los Angeles Sparks 69|
|Pts: Johnson, Whitmore 17
Rebs: Phillips 8
|Pts: Leslie 17|
Rebs: Byears 11
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles
Nikki Teasley hit a series-winning three pointer with 2.1 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 won their second consecutive title.
|2002 Los Angeles Sparks Finals roster|
|2002 New York Liberty Finals roster|