Game 2 of the Russian Superleague Finals was bizarro Game 1. Up was down, black was white, left was right … and a blowout by CSKA Moscow in Game 1 turned into a Spartak blowout in Game 2. Spartak won 93-78 Tuesday to even the series at 1.
The other bizarro aspect was in Lauren Jackson’s performance. Held to five points in a trying Game 1, Jackson exploded today for a game-high 34 points on 10-of-22 shooting, including six three-pointers. She also pulled down 13 rebounds. Diana Taurasi provided the rest of the offense Spartak needed, finishing with 23 points and eight assists. Sue Bird added 12 points, hitting a pair of three-pointers. As a team, Spartak was 11-of-26 from downtown.
Becky Hammon countered with a huge game for CSKA, hitting five threes and scoring 26 points with six assists, but the Russian power did not get the balanced scoring that marked its Game 1 victory; only three players scored double-figures.
The series now switches venues, and while there isn’t arduous travel in this series, both teams playing in the Moscow area, there are still two off days before Game 3 is played at CSKA on Friday.