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Candace Parker scored 28 points, Nneka Ogwumike had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 91-78 on Tuesday night.
Lindsey Harding added 18 points to help the Sparks (20-8) remain one game behind Minnesota for first place in the Western Conference. Parker also had seven assists.
Iziane Castro Marques scored 19 points and Tina Charles had 18 points and nine rebounds as Connecticut (7-20) has lost five straight for the first time since 2009.
Connecticut cut an 18-point third-quarter deficit to five on a 3-pointer by Castro Marques with 6:40 remaining. The Sparks called timeout and Parker began an 11-2 run with a tough baseline shot and ended it with free throws.
Parker scored 12 points in the first quarter, on 5-for-7 shooting that included a turnaround jumper, a three-point play off a runner in the lane and layup on a feed from Kristi Toliver. Parker highlighted the first half with a no-look pass to Ogwumike for a fast-break layup that gave Los Angeles a 49-35 lead at the break.
Connecticut pulled within nine points three times late the third quarter and Parker responded each time with scoring drives to the basket and a trip to the free-throw line.
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A bloody good play by Nneka Ogwumike, led to an even bloodier celebration.
The Los Angeles Sparks star hit a clutch shot in the final minute of the first overtime against the Detroit Shock and then teammate Candace Parker tackled her against the goalpost in celebration.
Just one problem: Parker's head caught Ogwumike's left eye and it opened up in a hurry. See the photographic...
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS
First off, I didn’t even know the WNBA season was still going on and secondly, I hope Nneka Ogwumike is ok. Let’s set the scene, the LA Sparks hit a clutch shot in OT against the Detroit Shock. Candace Parker decides she wants to celebrate by headbutting her teammate. The good news is the Sparks won the game in double OT.
Sometimes, emotions get the best of you, and that’s not exclusive to negative emotion, as the Los Angeles Sparks showed us Sunday night.
The Sparks, one of the best teams in the WNBA this season, got a big bucket from Nneka Ogwumike late in a game against the Connecticut Sun. After she scored the basket as she fouled, teammate Candace Parker came over to celebrate. And boy, did...
Candace Parker, one of the WNBA’s most recognizable names, really needs to work on her celebration game. After Nneka Ogwumike hit a big layup in overtime of the Los Angeles Sparks-Detroit Shock game last night, Parker celebrated by accidentally headbutting Ogwumike and splitting her teammate’s eye open. Ogwumike’s face was instantly covered in blood after the celebration gone...
Tweet The Los Angeles Sparks need to work on their celebrations… While celebrating a big play by teammate Nneka Ogwumike, star Candace Parker accidentally opened a cut over Ogwumike’s eye when the two jumped into each other. Here’s video: Ouch. Who says the WNBA isn’t a brutal sport? (we’re kidding) Video via Fox Sports -ALR
While the surging Los Angeles Sparks are officially headed to the postseason, they have their sights set on the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Facing the worst team in the WNBA could help them inch closer to first place.
Seeking a fourth consecutive home win, the Sparks go for a second straight two-game season sweep of the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night.