The Los Angeles Sparks (24-10) obliterate the Phoenix Mercury (19-15) in a 34 point route of their future first round playoff contender 89-55, to close out the regular season.
With the win, the Sparks clinch the second overall seed and if they are able to get past the Minnesota Lynx, the Sparks would have home court if they were to meet the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Finals.
The Sparks opened the door wide open from the opening tip and coasted a 49-26 halftime lead over the Mercury.
Diana Taurasi took a knee to quad from rookie A'dia Mathies in the second quarter which sidelined her for the rest of the game in the second quarter. There was no serious injury to Taurasi, but was held on the sidelines as a precaution.
The second half was no different as the Sparks continued to dominate on both ends of the floor. Jenna O'Hea scored an easy bucket that pushed the lead to 75-37.
"A long time ago, even before Rajon Rondo did it, my dad was trying to show me that move," Parker said.
Every Sparks player scored except for Alana Beard who played just five minutes, getting much needed rest for the playoffs.
The Mercury were already in playoff mode once the game was over.
Diana Taurasi described the mentality of her Mercury teammates, "We're looking forward to Thursday. This week we're going to work on some things, get ready for the game, and we'll come with our best effort. As soon as this game was over I'd pretty much forgotten about it. That game was pretty much what it was...fan appreciation day."
Brittney Griner finished with 9 points and seven rebounds in only her second game verses Los Angeles. Griner explained her itinerary for the next few days, "I know I'm going to sit on the couch and rest. The only thing I'm doing is playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour game. That's all I'm doing."
Both Candace Parker and Jantel Lavender finished with 16 points each, and Lindsey Harding finished with 12 points.
The Sparks begin the journey towards capturing a WNBA championship starting Thursday at Staples Center against the Phoenix Mercury.