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Monday, July 15
2002 WNBA ALL-STAR GAME
WASHINGTON (AP) - Another win in the WNBA All-Star game for the Western Conference, another MVP trophy for Lisa Leslie. Leslie took over in the second half Monday night, scoring 13 of her 18 points to lead the West to an 81-76 victory over the East. The Western Conference has won all four all-star games and Leslie has left as MVP in all but one of those games. This was the closest of the West's victories. The West took the lead for good on two free throws by Tina Thompson, who finished with 20 points, that made it 77-76 with 51 seconds remaining. Sheryl Swoopes, her teammate with the Houston Comets, added two more free throws with 19 seconds left to make it a three-point lead. The East had a chance to tie it with 7 seconds left, but Tamika Catchings could not handle an inbounds pass, and turned the ball over. Thompson then hit two free throws for the final margin. Leslie, the league's MVP last season with the champion Los Angeles Sparks, finished with an All-Star game record 14 rebounds and blocked four shots. She had 20 points and nine rebounds in last year's All-Star game. Lauren Jackson of Seattle finished with 15 points for the West, while Swoopes had 11. Seattle rookie Sue Bird was just 1-of-8 from the field for two points, but had seven assists. Neither team led by more than four points over the final 16 minutes until the game's last free throw. The East started poorly, missing 17 of their first 21 shots in the opening eight minutes and fell behind 20-10. But the East worked its way back into the game, responding with nine quick points from Orlando's Nykesha Sales during an 11-5 run, and tied it at 40 at halftime, scoring the half's final two baskets on pretty assists from Orlando's Shannon Johnson. On the first she broke down Leslie off the dribble to find an open Sheri Sam. Then she found Dawn Staley on a no-look pass that tied it at 40. In the first half for the West, Leslie and Swoopes took a back seat to Thompson and Jackson. Jackson scored 13 points in only seven minutes in the first half, while Thompson scored 12. Swoopes and Leslie shot a combined 4-for-13 in the first half. The game was played in front of a festive soldout crowd at MCI Center that cheered hard for an Eastern Conference upset. Washington has been a hotbed of support for the WNBA, with the Mystics leading the league in attendance three of the past four seasons despite consistently fielding a loser. This year, the Mystics are winning and averaging 15,280 fans a game, nearly double the league average.

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2001 WNBA ALL-STAR GAME
The Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie snubbed by the fans as a starter turned the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game into her personal showcase. She had 20 points and nine rebounds as the West defeated the East 80-72. Lisa Leslie was named the game's MVP.
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2000 WNBA ALL-STAR GAME
JULY 17, 2000 @ AMERICA WEST ARENA 5:00PM

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JULY 14, 1999 @ MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 7:30PM

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1999 ALL-STAR MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
MVP
LISA LESLIE - L.A. SPARKS


FOUR FOR FIVE: LISA LESLIE
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LISA LESLIE

As the WNBA celebrates the fifth anniversary of the WNBA All-Star Game (Saturday, July 12, 4 ET, ABC), WNBA.com will celebrate the five women who have played in all four WNBA All-Star Games. In our fifth and final installment, we look at Sparks center Lisa Leslie.

Leslie has made the All-Star Game her personal showcase as she has been named the game's MVP three times in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Strangely enough, she's didn't start the 2001 game. Leslie rectified the snub by being named MVP of that game. She has started every other All-Star Game and will do so again in New York.

See what the three-time All-Star Game MVP had to say about her experiences in the WNBA's midsummer classic.


WNBA ALL-STAR GAME 1999: NEW YORK CITY
99AS Leslie
1999 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Is it a great honor for you to be voted to the Inaugural All-Star Game?

"It's overwhelming really. There's a lot of women in the WNBA. There's a lot of women who could be here. To be voted by the fans says a lot -- that people are aware of what's going on. I'm really thankful. I think they just really appreciate my talent so I'm definitely grateful."

Can you explain your feelings at being named MVP?

"I feel really honored to have this award. Obviously a few other players probably had the opportunity to get it as well. I guess basically I'll leave here believing that I'm going to be a part of history."

Lisa's stats: 13 points, 5 rebounds in 17 minutes, named game's MVP


WNBA ALL-STAR GAME 2000: PHOENIX
00AS Leslie
Are you going to go for a second All-Star Game MVP?

"I'm on a very good team here and sometimes the situation may come about with a few fast breaks, but I can't predict what's going to happen. I'm going to come out and play hard during the minutes that I do get."

Can compare last year's game and this year's?

"I'd have to say last year's was so much more intense, because we really didn't know what to expect at the All-Star Weekend. We went from one media interview to another. We were shuffled around a lot. We did some appearances. But this being our second year, we knew what to expect. We knew when to get rest and when to have fun."

Lisa's stats: 16 points, 6 rebounds in 21 minutes


WNBA ALL-STAR GAME 2001: ORLANDO
01AS Leslie
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
You're a three-time All-Star. How do you feel?

"To be a three-time All-Star, it's definitely an honor to represent our league at the All-Star Game. It's exciting because it's a big national event and on ESPN and a lot of fans can watch and get involved. The league and the sponsors have done a really great job of making this a really memorable event."

What Leslie said after the game:

"It's a great honor. First, I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity and also my teammates from the West side for giving me the ball. It was a lot of fun to be here. I know the East, the crowd is a little upset that we won again, but it was a great game and I'm just thankful I'm going back to L.A. with the MVP."

Lisa's stats: 20 points*, 9 rebounds in 23 minutes, named game's MVP

*All-Star Game record


WNBA ALL-STAR GAME 2002: WASHINGTON
02AS Leslie
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
What does it mean to be here with your coach and two teammates?

"It's great. We were looking to have four or five. It's a great opportunity, especially for our coaching staff to be here after winning the championship. Coach Cooper will have a lot of fun. I think the West will enjoy getting a taste of what he's like."

What Leslie said after the game:

"That was pretty exciting. Overall, that was an awesome All-Star Game. I don't think we could have asked for a better game to be played here in the Nation's Capital. It was very competitive. Obviously, the East is much improved and they did a great job of really fighting hard and executing and playing the game really physical."

Lisa's stats: 18 points, 14 rebounds in 28 minutes, named game's MVP


   
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