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“We were able to get stops on the defensive end. They are a great team,” Parker said. “They hit some big shots down the stretch. We just wanted to make things tough for the big time play­ers. We didn’t let them get a lot of sec­ond-chance op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The Sparks built an 11-point lead in the first quar­ter and but led just 32-26 by half­time.

Og­wu­mike played in foul trouble as well. She was whis­tled for her third foul with 8:18 left in the third quar­ter. TIP-INS The Sparks left the court be­fore the Na­tional An­them in silent protest. The Sparks have said they’re stand­ing for sol­i­dar­ity and unity and they did the same in Games 1 and 2. They were booed in Min­nesota when they re­turned from the court in Game 2. They were not booed in Los Angeles ... Mu­si­cian Snoop Dogg and Magic John­son — co-owner of the Sparks — at­tended the game . ... MVP Sylvia Fowles was named to the ALL-WNBA first team with 39 of 40 votes for 195 points. Sparks cen­ter Can­dace Parker was also on the first team with 137 points along with Lynx for­ward Maya Moore (127 points). Og­wu­mike and Chelsea Gray were on the sec­ond team.

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