Offices: 2151 E Grand Ave, Ste 100, El Segundo 90245
Telephone & Fax: (310) 341-1000; Fax (310) 341-1029
Web site: www.lasparks.com
Home: Staples Center (Capacity: 19,060)
Affiliation: Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) (Western Division)
Owner: Sparks LA Sports, LLC (since 2014)
2016 (vs. Minnesota Lynx)
2002 (vs. New York Liberty)
2001 (vs. Charlotte Sting)
In the 2003 Finals, the Sparks lost 2 of 3 games to the Detroit Shock
In the 2017 Finals, the Sparks lost 3 of 5 games to the Minnesota Lynx
On July 30, 2002, in a game against the Miami Sol at Staples Center, L.A. Sparks center Lisa Leslie became the first WNBA player to dunk in a game when she threw down a one-handed breakaway lay-up with 4:44 remaining in the first half. Despite the historic dunk, Miami defeated the Sparks 82 to 73.
On June 21, 1997, the Los Angeles Sparks and the New York Liberty launched the first WNBA game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood. Although Sparks guard Penny Toler scored the WNBA’s first basket during that game, New York won 67-57.
In the 2001 season, the Los Angeles Sparks became the first WNBA team to go undefeated at home for an entire season, finishing 16-0 at STAPLES Center. That same season, the Sparks also claimed their first WNBA Championship that, in addition to the championship title won by the NBA Lakers, gave Los Angeles a sweep of professional basketball titles.