Candace Parker duped her defender with a dazzling ball fake during a high-wattage WNBA matchup

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Candace Parker.
Candace Parker.AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski
  • WNBA superstar Candace Parker thoroughly dazed her defender with an epic ball fake Tuesday night.

  • The Chicago Sky center faked a pass over Stephanie Talbot's shoulder, then went up for an easy layup.

  • The Seattle Storm forward looked shocked as Parker blew past her with the ball in her hands.

Candace Parker has some tricks up her sleeve.

The WNBA superstar pulled off some magic as her Chicago Sky hosted the Seattle Storm at Wintrust Arena Tuesday night. Midway through the second quarter, she absolutely duped her defender with an epic ball fake to secure an easy two points and a viral highlight.

Let's break down the incredible play below:

With roughly four minutes remaining in the half, Parker posted up just beneath the elbow and called for the ball.

Candace Parker waves for the ball.
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She collected the ball en route to the low block, but Storm forward Stephanie Talbot was right there to block Parker's path to the basket.

Candace Parker squares up against Stephanie Talbot.
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Instead of powering past the 6-foot-2 Australian, Parker set her feet and rose up to the tips of her toes for what looked like a pass back to the high post.

Candace Parker ball fake.
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Instead, the two-time WNBA MVP held onto the ball, duping Talbot into glancing right as Parker charged towards the basket.

Candace Parker dupes Stephanie Talbot.
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By the time Talbot caught on, Parker was well on her way to an uncontested bucket.

Candace Parker goes up for the layup.
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Talbot was visibly stunned.

Stephanie Talbot stunned by Candace Parker's fake.
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And all Parker could do — after making the layup, of course — was smile.

Candace Parker smiles after pulling off the fake.
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Parker finished the night with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Candace Parker.
Candace Parker.AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski

But Talbot and the Storm got the last laugh, securing a 111-100 victory during their road trip to Chicago.

Stephanie Talbot high-fives Seattle Storm teammate Breanna Stewart.
AP Photo/Noah K. Murray

Still, Parker will have this moment — as brilliantly captured by photographer Melissa Tamez — forever.

Candace Parker dupes Stephanie Talbot.
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Check out the full play below:

 

As, as a bonus, the slo-mo from the Sky's social media team:

 

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