Detroit shocked in Game 1 of Finals

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (MCT) -- No, those weren't Detroit Shock look-alikes at the Palace on Wednesday night.

They were actual Shock players. They were all accounted for against the Sacramento Monarchs in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.

Detroit's 95-71 loss to Sacramento, the defending champions, was another case of the Shock forgetting how to play basketball and looking bad in the process. This has been a constant theme: Detroit loses focus and struggles with consistency.

The Shock, the self-proclaimed best defensive team in the league, allowed the Monarchs to set a Finals record for most total points and points in a half (53). The Monarchs' 95 points was a WNBA playoffs record, too.

Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Friday at the Palace.

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