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Candace Parker Outduels Sabrina Ionescu as Sky Eliminate Liberty

Doric SamAugust 24, 2022

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The Chicago Sky put their championship experience on full display, defeating the New York Liberty 90-72 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday night in Game 3 to win the series 2-1 and avoid a first-round playoff exit.

The defending WNBA champions were led by their future Hall-of-Famer, as star center Candace Parker nearly recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks. In all, six players scored in double figures for Chicago in a balanced effort.

Fans on social media praised Parker for her versatile performance and steady effort on both ends of the floor to power the Sky to victory:

Timothy Burke @bubbaprog

It's truly incredible and a blessing that we get to watch Candace Parker and Sue Bird play meaningful basketball games in the year 2022

Matt Ellentuck @mellentuck

it appears the sky having one candace parker and one courtney vandersloot while the liberty have 0 candace parkers and 0 courtney vandersloots was the difference

AJ McCord @AJ_McCord

Candace Parker is relentless

Terrika @SheKnowsSports

Candace Parker ... I mean damn....

Storm Chasers @WNBAStormChaser

Candace Parker isn’t about to let her team go out like that! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SkyTown?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SkyTown</a> back up 9!

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

HOW?! <a href="https://twitter.com/Candace_Parker?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Candace_Parker</a><br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/nbabet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nbabet</a>)<a href="https://t.co/lsNZF7GXqf">pic.twitter.com/lsNZF7GXqf</a>

Cedric Golden @CedGolden

Candace Parker...ageless. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WNBA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WNBA</a>

MarkJonesESPN @MarkJonesESPN

<a href="https://twitter.com/Candace_Parker?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Candace_Parker</a> said “I’m Gucci” with the lefty turnaround🔥🔥🔥

Nick Stellini @StelliniTweets

Candace Parker is a cheat code

Myron Medcalf @MedcalfByESPN

I don't know what to do with this game. I'm Team Candace Parker forever and I think she should coach the Bulls in the future if she wants. But then, I also love the fight in New York. This is wild.

HAN XU PROPAGANDA @dan_lamma

Candace Parker is Her

Subria A. Whitaker @SubriaWhitaker

IT’S CANDACE PARKER TIME BABYYYY

Joyce Hutchens @JoyceHutchens3

Candace Parker is a Badass with a capital "B". GO Girl!

Michele Steele @MicheleSteele

“I’m old in basketball years” - Candace Parker in the postgame to the 👸 Holly Rowe. Well, experience *dominated* tonight. Sky roll to the semis.

Parker's performance outshined Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu, who also had 14 points but shot 2-of-7 from three-point range and had five turnovers.

In addition to Parker's big night, Kahleah Copper and Allie Quigley had 15 points apiece for Chicago. Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and 10 assists, Emma Meesseman had 12 points and Azura Stevens also had 12 points off the bench.

Chicago advanced to the WNBA semifinals for the fourth time in franchise history and awaits the winner of the Dallas Wings vs. the Connecticut Sun. The Sky are attempting to become the first team to repeat as champion since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001 and 2002.

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