Sparks win third game in a row
Candace Parker scored 20 points, Chelsea Gray added 19 and the Sparks held off the winless San Antonio Stars 80-75 on Thursday night at Staples Center for their third victory in a row.
Los Angeles led by 22 points in the first half, but San Antonio rallied in the third quarter. Moriah Jefferson scored on three straight San Antonio possessions during a 20-2 run and the Stars cut their deficit to 50-48. Jantel Lavender then scored six consecutive points for the Sparks and Gray beat the buzzer for a 58-50 lead.
Nneka Ogwumike’s three-point play with 2:55 left gave Los Angeles a 70-63 lead, Parker’s layup made it 7267 and the Sparks led by at least four points the rest of the way.
Ogwumike finished with 16 points for Los Angeles (7-3), which was only two for 12 from three-point range but made 24 of 28 free throws.
Jefferson was four for five on threepointers and scored 24 points, and Isabelle Harrison had a career-high 22 points for San Antonio (0-10).
It appeared to be an easy night for the Sparks when they took a 25-11 lead after one quarter, but they had to fight to close within 21⁄2 games of 9-0 Minnesota in the Western Conference.