Ogwumike plays, but Sparks fall to 0- 5
Tierra Ruffin- Pratt and Emma Meesseman scored 20 points apiece and the Washington Mystics beat the winless Sparks, 84- 80, to extend the Sparks’ worst start to a season in franchise history.
The Sparks ( 0- 5) lost their f ifth straight game in a season for the fourth time in franchise history. The club record is seven, set in 2007.
Nneka Ogwumike started in her season debut for the Sparks after sitting out the first four games because a sprained ankle. She had 11 points, six rebounds and f ive assists in 36 minutes before fouling out with 1: 51 left.
Jantel Lavender led the Sparks with 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made their first move of the summer, picking up the $ 5- million option on center Timofey Mozgov’s contract for next season.
Harvey Pollack, the last original employee of the NBA’s inaugural season to still be working in the league, has died. He was 93.
Pollack died Tuesday. Pollack worked for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time of his death, spending the past 28 years as the team’s director of statistical information.
In 1946, Pollack began his career with the Philadelphia Warriors of the Basketball Assn. of America, which later merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA, as the team’s assistant publicity director.
The Charlotte Hornets will host the NBA All- Star game in 2017, Commissioner Adam Silver announced.