2002 WNBA Finals
|Dates:||August 29 – August 31|
|MVP:||Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks)|
|East Finals:||New York defeated Washington, 2–1|
|West Finals:||Los Angeles defeated Utah, 2–0|
The 2002 WNBA Finals was the championship series of the 2002 WNBA season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Los Angeles Sparks, top-seeded champions of the Western Conference, defeated the New York Liberty, top-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, two games to none in a best-of-three series. This was Los Angeles' second title. As of 2012, this is the last time a WNBA franchise won back to back championships.
The Liberty made their fourth appearance in the Finals in franchise history. The Sparks made their second straight Finals appearance.
The Sparks had a 25–7 record (.781), good enough to receive home-court advantage over the Liberty (18–14).
Road to the finals
|Los Angeles Sparks||New York Liberty|
1st West, 1st overall
|Regular season||18–14 (.562)|
1st East, 4th overall
|Defeated the (4) Seattle Storm, 2–0||Conference Semifinals||Defeated the (4) Indiana Fever, 2–1|
|Defeated the (3) Utah Starzz, 2–0||Conference Finals||Defeated the (3) Washington Mystics, 2–1|
Regular season series
The teams had split the regular season series:
All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.
"Game 1". Archived from the original on 2002-11-26. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
|Los Angeles Sparks 71, New York Liberty 63|
|Scoring by half: 35-35, 36-28|
|Pts: Mabika 20
Rebs: Byears 11
|Pts: Hammon 18|
Rebs: Weatherspoon 7
"Game 2". Archived from the original on 2002-11-26. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
|New York Liberty 66, Los Angeles Sparks 69|
|Pts: Johnson, Whitmore 17
Rebs: Phillips 8
|Pts: Leslie 17|
Rebs: Byears 11
Nikki Teasley hit a series-winning three pointer with 02.1 seconds left. Teresa Weatherspoon tried to repeat history by trying to make a halfcout heave at the buzzer, but the shot was blocked and the Sparks win their second consecutive title.
|2002 Los Angeles Sparks Finals roster|
|2002 New York Liberty Finals roster|