Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks closed out the 2016 regular season with a 71-65 win Sunday over San Antonio. After struggling to find a rhythm following the Olympic break, the Sparks have found their momentum and carry a 2-game win streak into the WNBA playoffs.
The 2016 regular season opened on an immense high, as Candace scored a career-high 34 points against Seattle. She would go on to eclipse the 20 point mark 9 more times in 2016, recording double-digit rebounds in 7 of those performances. On a per-game basis, Candace averaged 15.3 points and 7.4 assists, while her 4.9 assists per game was 3rd-best in the WNBA. Playing a well-rounded game all season, the 30-year old Parker incorporated the 3-point shot into her game far more than in previous seasons, with her 110 attempts nearly doubling her next highest mark. Making good on these increased 3-point opportunities, Candace’s 38.2% 3-point shooting percentage was her highest mark since 2011.
Parker and the Sparks can look back fondly on the 2016 regular season, as the team managed to finish with the second-best record in the WNBA at 26-8. With the new playoff format, the Sparks will have 9 days off before they play next.