Even a concussion was not enough to stop Cynthia Cooper.
Cooper scored 20 points to lead the Houston Comets to a 70-67 victory over the Charlotte Sting in a battle of WNBA division leaders Monday night.Cooper left the game after butting heads with Charlotte's Sharon Manning with 5:59 remaining in the first half and returned with 7:52 left in the game. The league's leading scorer had four points during Houston's decisive 14-5 run as the Comets erased a 62-56 deficit with 5:45 remaining.
"There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to come back, but I had to convince three physicians that I was able to," said Cooper, who extended her streak of double-figure scoring outputs to 57 games. "I really felt I was letting the team down, and I wanted to get out there and help them."
Sheryl Swoopes had 20 points, Tina Thompson added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Perrot had a career-high nine assists as the Comets (25-2) won their fifth straight game.
Charlotte's Tracy Reid scored a career-high 22 points but was held to eight points in the second half.
MERCURY 82, ROCKERS 80 (2OT): At Cleveland, Jennifer Gillom modestly admits there was a bit of luck involved in the catch and shoot 3-pointer that kept Phoenix from losing in overtime.
"It went in on the bank shot, but I didn't call it," she said.
Gillom scored a WNBA season-high 36 points - including her game-tying 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime - in the Phoenix Mercury's 82-80 double-overtime victory over the Cleve-land Rockers on Monday night.
Gillom scored 10 of the Mercury's last 14 points in the second half, and 10 of the team's 16 points in the two overtimes.
With 0.7 seconds left in the first overtime, Gillom took an inbounds pass and hit a 25-foot bank shot from the left wing that made it 73-all.
"I did get a good look," said Gillom, who has averaged 31 points in three games against Cleveland. "I didn't know if it would go in, because I was leaning on the shot and I was trying to guide the shot. Normally, I don't make shots when I try to guide it."
The Mercury's Michelle Griffiths sent the game into overtime on a driving layup with 7.8 seconds left that made it 66-all and scored the winning basket on a layup with one second left in the second overtime.
In snapping a five-game road losing streak, the Mercury (15-10) ended Cleveland's seven-game home winning streak and four-game winning streak overall. The Rockers, winners of eight of their last 10, missed a chance to move ahead of the Charlotte Sting into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Eva Nemcova led the Rockers (16-10) with 19 points and Isabelle Fijalkowski added 17.