Teasley drains 3-pointer to win WNBA title

Sparks beat Liberty 69-66 to take WNBA title when Nikki Teasley sinks three-pointer.

With 2.1 seconds left on the clock and the score tied up at 66, Los Angeles Sparks rookie and former UNC star Nikki Teasley sunk a three-pointer to win the 2002 WNBA championship.

The Sparks were up eight with three minutes to go but the Liberty roared back, tying the game with a Tari Phillips' jumper with 18 seconds on the clock.

Teasley, or as the WNBA.com site calls her "Nikki Three-sley" took the timeout inbounds pass and looked to move the ball, but nothing was open. She was guarded closely by Teresa Weatherspoon, but as time was running out T-spoon just backed off anticipating a pass or drive. That was just enough room for a picture perfect swished trifecta by Teasley.

For the second straight year, center Lisa Leslie was named Most Valuable Player of the WNBA Finals. The Sparks did not lose a playoff game this season.

Teasley tied her own WNBA finals record with 11 assists and scored 11 points.

The fifth pick in the draft by Portland, the Sparks traded on draft day for Teasley - and the trade paid off.

Los Angeles Sparks' Nikki Teasley, right, is hugged by teammate Lisa Leslie, left, and head coach Michael Cooper after scoring the game-winning three pointer in the final seconds against the New York Liberty to win Game 2 of the WNBA Finals and take the championship, in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002. The Sparks won 69-66. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson)

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