Take your pick of WNBA rookie records and chances are Candace Parker either owns it or isn’t far behind. From the opening tipoff of her career, Parker proved ready, with 34 points in her first game, a WNBA debut record that stands to this day. Here, with the Los Angeles Sparks clinging to a one-point lead with just 15 seconds remaining against the then-defending-champion Phoenix Mercury, Parker shows the poise of a seasoned veteran, using a nifty spin to free herself for a pass and then pivoting her way through traffic for a game-sealing finish. Parker’s historic box score reads as follows: 34 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two triples and a block in a 99-94 win on May 17, 2008.
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