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Sparks 90, Mer­cury 59

For­mer UConn star Diana Taurasi scored 19 points to break the WNBA ca­reer scor­ing record in Phoenix's loss to Los Angeles on Sun­day. Taurasi fin­ished with 7,494 points, pass­ing Tina Thompson's mark of 7,488. Taurasi broke the record in the clos­ing sec­onds of the first half, com­ing around a screen by Emma Can­non near the top of the key and knif­ing into the lane, past Nneka Og­wu­mike, for a layup. The game was stopped and the crowd, which in­cluded for­mer Lak­ers star Kobe Bryant, gave Taurasi a warm ova­tion. It only took the Mer­cury star 13 sea­sons to be­come the league's top scorer. Thompson needed 17 sea­sons to achieve her to­tal. Ear­lier in the sea­son, Taurasi set the ca­reer 3-pointer record, pass­ing Katie Smith. Og­wu­mike led the Sparks (8-3) with 18 points and had seven re­bounds, and Can­dace Parker added 17 points, eight re­bounds and six as­sists. The Sparks raced to a 15-0 lead, were up 22-2 and led 38-17 at the end of the first quar­ter. It was their high­est-scor­ing quar­ter of the sea­son and two points shy of the WNBA record for most points in a quar­ter. Riquna Wil­liams hit back-to-back 3-point­ers to push the lead to 30 points early in the fourth and Odyssey Sims hit two free throws to make it 90-57, the big­gest lead of the sea­son for Los Angeles. Wil­liams fin­ished with a sea­son-high 15 points. The Mer­cury (6-5) had a sea­son-high 19 turnovers, were held nearly 25 points be­low their sea­son scor­ing av­er­age (83.7) and shot a sea­son-low 32.8 per­cent from the field.

Wings 87, Mys­tics 83

Glory Johnson scored 16 of her sea­son-high 27 points in the third quar­ter and Dal­las closed on an 8-0 run to beat Wash­ing­ton. Sky­lar Dig­gins-Smith had 19 points, seven re­bounds and eight as­sists, and Theresa Plai­sance and Al­lisha Gray each scored 12 points for Dal­las (5-8). The Wings, who trailed by as many as 12 points in the sec­ond half, snapped a three­game skid. Af­ter a de­fen­sive three-sec­onds call against Wash­ing­ton (7-4), Dig­gins-Smith made the tech­ni­cal free throw and Plai­sance made two foul shots to trim Dal­las' deficit to 8382 with 1:47 to play. Elena Delle Donne missed a short jumper on the other end, and two free throws by Karima Christ­mas-Kelly with 54 sec­onds re­main­ing gave the Wings their first lead since 17-16. Johnson and Dig­gins-Smith com­bined to hit three of four foul shots from there to seal it. The Mys­tics missed their fi­nal four field-goal at­tempts and were score­less for the fi­nal 2:08.

Fever 91, Sky 79

Tif­fany Mitchell scored a sea­son-high 19 points and In­di­ana over­came a 10-point sec­ond-half deficit to beat Chicago.

Candice Dupree had 18 points, Er­lana Larkins added a sea­son-high 16, and Shenise Johnson had 14 for In­di­ana (6-6). Bri­ann Jan­uary had 10 points and seven as­sists.

Johnson's put­back of a missed layup by Erica Wheeler gave the Fever the lead for good and sparked a 10-0 that made it 79-69 mid­way through the fourth quar­ter.

Four In­di­ana play­ers scored in that stretch as Johnson hit two tech­ni­cal free throws — the first com­ing when Chicago's Stephanie Dol­son ar­gued an of­fen­sive foul with 7:33 to play and the sec­ond af­ter Dol­son was called for de­fen­sive 3-sec­onds nearly 90 sec­onds later.

Al­lie Quigley led Chicago (2-9) with 18 points. Tam­era Young added 16 points, and Jessica Bre­land had 12 points and 11 re­bounds.

In­di­ana com­mit­ted just four turnovers, while forc­ing 18, and won its first road game in six tries this sea­son.

Tayler Hill led Wash­ing­ton with a sea­son-high 21 points.

Tianna Hawkins hit a 3-pointer to spark a 13-1 run that made it 29-18 with seven min­utes left in the sec­ond quar­ter and the Mys­tics led un­til clos­ing sec­onds.

Tierra Ruf­fin-Pratt scored eight points dur­ing that stretch.

Storm 75, Stars 57

Bre­anna Stewart had 22 points, a sea­son-high 15 re­bounds and a ca­reer-best five blocked shots and Seat­tle beat win­less San An­to­nio to snap a three-game skid.

Crys­tal Langhorne added 10 points, and Sue Bird had nine as­sists for Seat­tle (6-5).

Langhorne made a short jumper, and Bird hit a 3 to spark a 12-3 run that made it 27-18 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter and the Storm led the rest of the way.

Stewart sand­wiched a pair of 3-point­ers around a bas­ket by San An­to­nio's Erika de Souza and then hit a jumper to ig­nite a 14-5 spurt that gave Seat­tle a 51-36 lead with 1:54 left in the third and the Stars trailed by dou­ble fig­ures the rest of the way.

Kayla McBride led San An­to­nio (0-11) with 11 points.

The Stars shot just 28.8 per­cent from the field and were held to their low­est scor­ing out­put of the sea­son. They have lost 13 in a row, dat­ing to last sea­son.

San An­to­nio rookie Kelsey Plum, the No. 1 over­all pick in the 2017 WNBA draft, re­turned to Seat­tle where she starred at the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton and set NCAA records for points in a ca­reer (3,397) and sea­son (1,080). Plum matched her sea­son high with eight points.

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