Sunday, September 27, 2009
Indiana 2, Detroit 1. What Bob Corwin called "the Survivor Series" ended with Indiana crossing the finish line just ahead of Detroit. Indiana Pacer's Larry Bird packed the house for Indiana when he bought 9,000 tickets which led to the biggest crowd ever for an Indiana Fever game at Conseco Fieldhouse. That might have made the difference as the Shock fought hard all the way, but Indiana won 72-67.
For Indiana, it is their first Eastern Conference championship. Detroit is denied the WNBA Finals for the first time in five years.
Phoenix 2, Los Angeles 1. When Phoenix got off to a cold start in Game 2, the Sparks returned the favor in Game 3 as Phoenix revisits the finals after their 2007 WNBA Championship, beating Los Angeles 85-74. Phoenix has charted new ground in offensive firepower, and Lisa Leslie's farewell tour comes to an end. (Leslie has been a WNBA start since 1997, the first year of the league.) An emotional game for both Leslie and Michael Cooper, who leaves the Sparks to take over the women's program at USC.