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Erica Wheeler drops Sue Bird with the season’s nastiest crossover

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Erica Wheeler took no mercy on Sue Bird during the Los Angeles Sparks’ game against the Seattle Storm on Sunday.

Halfway through the first quarter of the Sparks’ 81-53 win, Wheeler sent Bird to the floor as she dribbled across her body and pulled up to shoot. The Sparks guard made the shot to extend Los Angeles’ lead to 6-4.

A closer look appeared to show Bird hitting Wheeler’s foot and tripping over her own, resulting in a face-first fall to the hardwood.

Wheeler contributed 17 points, four assists and two rebounds, sending the Storm — who are without Breanna Stewart for the rest of the regular season — to their fourth loss in six games.