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Candace Parker gives credit to Kahleah Copper after near triple-double


Candace Parker had a near triple-double in the Chicago Sky’s win over the Dallas Wings, but the veteran forward is giving all the credit to Kahleah Copper.

“Kah carried us [with her] energy, not just in the first quarter but in the third quarter when we couldn’t get a stop, she was the one that kept us going,” Parker told ESPN’s Holly Rowe following the game. “Honestly I’m so proud of her. I mean she’s been doing it all season but to see her do it in the playoffs and her energy. She just, defensively, her and Sloot really finished it for us.”

The forward responded on Twitter, calling Parker her “dawg.”

Copper led the Sky in scoring with 23 points alongside Courtney Vandersloot, who had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, Parker finished with 11 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

“Offensively, I didn’t have my best outing,” Parker said postgame, adding that a majority of her rebounds were from her own missed shots. “You get to a point in your career where you know you can impact the game in other ways. When you have firepower like we have, it’s just being consistent and I want to make sure we get the best shot for our team.

“That’s my goal every time we go down the court. When you have these two, Allie, just our firepower, it’s fun to search for that great shot.”

The Sky play the Lynx for a spot in the semis on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. ET.