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How many points did Caitlin Clark score? Fever vs. Sparks Stats

By Vaseline May26,2024

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LOS ANGELES – Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever are finally in the win column.

After starting the season on a five-game losing streak, the Fever defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 78-73 in a packed Crypto.com Arena on Friday night.

A sold-out, record crowd of 19,103 came to watch Clark make three-pointers and score at will, but it wasn’t a typical performance for the top pick in the WNBA draft. Clark entered the fourth quarter with just five points and she had missed her first seven three-point attempts.

But Clark still delivered a Hollywood ending.

She drilled her first 3-pointer from downtown with two minutes left. Then, with the Fever up by two points in the final minute, she knocked down another deep 3-pointer, showing why she is basketball’s current star attraction.

The way the crowd reacted, you’d think the Lakers just won another NBA title. Clark just shrugged after the shot that all but sealed the victory.

“I was due,” Clark said. “During the game I was like, ‘It was time for them to go in.’”

Clark finished with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting, but she dished out the ball with eight assists and 10 rebounds, marking her first double-double in the WNBA.

While Clark didn’t have the best night of shooting overall, she certainly got help. Kelsey Mitchell had 18 points, Aliyah Boston had her best game of the season with 17 points and Temi Fagbenle, playing in her first WNBA season since 2019, had a career-high 17 points off the bench.

For most of the first half, it looked like Los Angeles would walk away with a win and Indiana would remain scoreless. The Sparks had an eleven-point lead at halftime.

But the Fever became more aggressive defensively and turned the tide. The visiting team started the third quarter on an 11-0 run to tie the score, limiting Los Angeles to just 11 points in the frame. In the second half, Indiana defeated Los Angeles 44-28.

It was fitting that Clark made a big splash, considering she was playing in the old house of one of her idols who was known for doing the same: Kobe Bryant. She wore one of her favorite shoes in the Kobe 5 Bruce Lee colorway, and before the game she talked about how much of an honor it was to play in a building “with so much history.” She said she would never forget her first match here.

It will be difficult to forget her late exploits.

“That’s just the mentality you have to have as a competitor,” Clark said. “It’s like you want those moments, you have to embrace those moments when your team needs a big chance.”

Celebrities show up for Caitlin Clark in LA

The stars were out to see Clark and company at the Crypto.com Arena, including two who celebrated with her after the win. Iowa alum Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis sat courtside with their children. After Clark scored her first three-pointer, she high-fived Kutcher, and after the game she met the whole family. One of their children had tears streaming down their faces after meeting Clark.

“He was cheering me on the whole game, so it was fun to have him on the court,” Clark said of Kutcher.

Actor and noted Clark fan Jason Sudeikis was also in attendance, along with Klay Thompson, Cheryl Miller, DeMar DeRozan, Tobin Heath and Christen Press.

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