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SPARKS WIN IN LAST SECOND SHOT BY TOLIVER

In Los Angeles Sparks, WNBA on May 30, 2012 at 12:20 am

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LOS ANGELES — Kristi Toliver didn’t care that she committed a WNBA single-player game-high 14 of her team’s 28 turnovers against a team that only won three games total a season ago.

With her team trailing the Shock 75-73 with 5.9 seconds left after Karima Christmas missed two free-throws, Toliver didn’t hesitate a moment before hitting the game-winning three at the buzzer that allowed the Sparks to survive a 76-75 scare.

“Up until the last part of the game, I felt like I let my teammates down by being careless with the ball,” Toliver said. “I was making bonehead plays, but my team wanted me to stay positive and take that last shot. With that confidence instilled in me, I knew I was going to knock the shot down.”

No one could have guessed that Toliver would have needed to make a game winner, as the Sparks (4-1) raced out to an 11-0 lead in the game’s opening minutes, leading by as many as 13 in the first quarter (READ MORE.)

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