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The Sparks top the Sun behind the power of Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker

The Los Angeles Sparks topped the Connecticut Sun 87-77 behind big games from Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker in order to stay a game and a half behind the Minnesota Lynx in the western conference.

Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker’s dominant performances don’t just keep the Sparks on the Lynx’s tail, but also keeps the Phoenix Mercury at bay who are just one and a half games behind Los Angeles in the standings.

Ogwumike notched a season-high 29 points to go along with 11 boards and two assists while Parker scored 20 points with nine rebounds and six assists in the win.

After trailing by as many as 14 in the first quarter, the Sparks went on a 20-6 run to close out the half and take the lead by one, 46-45. At the start of the 3rd, Los Angeles went on a 9-3 run capped off by a three-point play from Ogwumike.

Although Connecticut went on their own 11-2 run in the fourth quarter to pull with in five, the Sparks pulled away with just over four minutes left in the game thanks to a three-pointer by Riquna Williams and a layup by Parker, which put Los Angeles back up by ten.   

Parker’s performance comes on the heels of her fourth All-Star starter selection after the Sparks suffered back-to-back road losses for the second time this season. After Thursday night’s win L.A. moves to 13-5 just behind Minnesota at 13-2 and hold onto their second place seed in the west. The Sparks are just one game better than the Mercury in the loss column and look to take advantage of their upcoming three-game homestand.

The Sparks’ next game will be Monday, July 17 at Staples Center against the Indiana Fever at 7:30 PT.

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