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Storm opens playoffs at L.A.

The WNBA completed its regular season Sunday, setting the playoffs, which will open at 7 p.m. Wednesday with West No. 2 seed Seattle visiting No. 3 L.A.

The Storm will play host to the Sparks at 7 p.m. Friday at KeyArena, with the deciding game in the best-of-three series, if needed, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in Seattle.

Top-seeded Phoenix will meet San Antonio in the other Western Conference semifinal. In the East, top-seed Indiana meets Washington, and Atlanta opposes Detroit.

Diana Taurasi of Phoenix won the scoring title, averaging 20.4 points a game. Seattle’s Lauren Jackson was tied for third with 19.2 points a game.

Sue Bird, the Storm’s All-Star guard was the assists leader with 5.8 per game. Candace Parker of Los Angles averaged a league-high 9.6 rebounds per game.

On the court, Parker had 24 points, 14 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Sparks to an 81-78 victory over Phoenix. … Kerri Gardin had 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Connecticut to a 95-85 win over Indiana. … Essence Carson scored 17 points to lead New York to an 86-65 win over playoff-bound Washington. … Nicole Powell scored 27 points to lead Sacramento (12-22) to an 88-66 win over Miinnesota, ending the Monarchs’ worst season.

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