The sports world makes for a beautiful palette but individual images can get lost in the constant shuffle. Here are the most iconic sports photos from Getty Images this week.
Candace Parker and Kahleah Copper of the Chicago Sky celebrate after defeating the Phoenix Mercury in Game Four of the WNBA Finals to win the championship at Wintrust Arena on October 17, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois.
WNBA legend Candace Parker, a Chicago native, returned home this season after spending the majority of her career in Los Angeles. Her teammate Kahleah Copper, seen with her, was named Finals MVP and Parker made sure to tell anyone and everyone how proud she was of her teammate. This was an incredible Finals, and it was thrilling to see the excitement and pure emotion release during this moment.
— Stacy Revere
Candace Parker of the Chicago Sky hugs Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury after Game 4 of the WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena on October 17, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury 80-74 to win the championship.
Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi are two of the biggest names in WNBA history so seeing them play on the same court was an incredible honor. As the game ended, the court was suddenly full of players, media, friends, family and coaches, so I lost sight of Taurasi but was able to stay with Parker. At one point, the crowd circled around Parker, and I wasn’t sure what was happening. I raised my camera and aimed to the center — it wasn’t until after that I realized I had gotten both of them together, two legendary players hugging in the middle of the championship celebration. Easily one of my favorite moments as a photographer!
— Stacy Revere
Evan Fournier of the New York Knicks reacts after making a 3-point basket during the second overtime against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on October 20, 2021, in New York City. The Knicks won 138-134.
It was the New York Knicks’ first home game this season, and they were building on the success of last year. There were a couple of players that were really playing well this night. I kept trying to make nice photos of those players throughout the game, but the tension between the two teams — the Knicks and the Bostin Celtics — just kept building. The pictures were getting better and better, as it went to overtime, and then a second overtime. This picture of Evan Fournier came during the second overtime after Fournier made yet another 3-pointer. He had been on fire that night. Fournier’s great game and the electricity of the crowd came together to make this great, raw emotional moment.
— Sarah Stier
Kia Vaughn of the Phoenix Mercury and Stefanie Dolson of the Chicago Sky work for a loose ball during the first half of Game Four of the WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena on October 17, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Kia Vaughn of the Phoenix Mercury shoots over Stefanie Dolson of the Chicago Sky during the first half of Game Four of the WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena on October 17, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts with his teammates as they are introduced prior to the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 19, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns fumbles the ball after a tackle from Markus Golden of the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 17, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
A general view of the pre-match during the NFL London 2021 match between Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 17, 2021, in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Jared Goff of the Detroit Lions looks on before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field on October 17, 2021, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Tight end Isaac Rex of the Brigham Young Cougar carries the ball against safety Jalen Pitre of the Baylor Bears in the first half at McLane Stadium on October 16, 2021, in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Leonard Floyd of the Los Angeles Rams strip and sacks Daniel Jones of the New York Giants in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2021, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Blake Treinen of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to the third out during the sixth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on October 21, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kyle Schwarber of the Boston Red Sox hits a grand slam home run against the Houston Astros in the second inning of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 18, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros raises the William Harridge Trophy after defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-0 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to advance to the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2021, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Milan Lucic of the Calgary Flames fights Nicolas Deslauriers of the Anaheim Ducks during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on October 18, 2021, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Ivan Barbashev of the St. Louis Blues is congratulated by Robert Thomas, Justin Faulk and Vladimir Tarasenko after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on October 18, 2021, in Glendale, Arizona. The Blues defeated the Coyotes 7-4. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Paula Badosa of Spain reacts after defeating Victoria Azarenka in the Women’s Singles Final match on Day 14 of the BNP Paribas Open on October 17, 2021, in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Taylor Fritz of the United States celebrates after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in a match on Day 12 of the BNP Paribas Open on October 15, 2021, in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Craftsman Toyota, lead the field on a pace lap prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 17, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Tarran Mackenzie of McAMS Yamaha rides on his way to winning race two and clinching the 2021 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on October 17, 2021, in Longfield, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
Jaxon Riddle of the United States competes during the finals of the Red Bull Rampage on October 15, 2021, in Virgin, Utah. (Photo by Christian Pondella/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates winning on the 18th green during the final round of THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT at The Summit Club on October 17, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Asuka Kashiwabara of Japan hits her tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of Fujitsu Ladies at Tokyu Seven Hundred Club on October 15, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
Michail Antonio of West Ham United is held back by Michael Keane of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 17, 2021, in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Athletes compete in the swim leg of Ironman Mallorca on October 16, 2021, in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images for IRONMAN)