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Style, pace will determine West winner

Sparks' D from opening tip held Mercury to fewer than 80 points for first time in '09

Originally Published: September 25, 2009
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- It makes total sense that this WNBA Western Conference finals should go to three games. In fact, it's too bad it can't go longer.

"This feels like a championship [series]," Los Angeles' Lisa Leslie said after the Sparks' 87-76 victory Friday at US Airways Center tied the matchup at 1-1. "We're working really hard; both teams are. The best team will win [Saturday], and the team that wins will win the WNBA championship. I believe that."

Leslie then added with ...

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