Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/7/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 11: Candace Parker #15 of the United States looks on prior to playing against China in a women's basketball preliminary game on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Candace Parker and Jantel Lavender each scored 16 points as the Los Angeles Sparks routed the Phoenix Mercury 89-55 on Sunday. Nneka Ogwumike had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Sparks (24-10) in a preview of the Western Conference semifinals. They've clinched the second and third seeds and will open a best-of-three series Thursday in Los Angeles. Brittney Griner had nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks for Phoenix (19-15), which was held to its lowest point total this season. Jasmine James also added nine points. Diana Taurasi, who had a shot at her sixth WNBA scoring title, took a knee to the quad from A'dia Mathies in the second quarter and was held out as a precautionary measure. She scored eight points in 15 minutes. Phoenix's second-leading scorer Candice Dupree did not play because of a tight hamstring. Parker made 6 of 7 shots and provided the highlight basket with a Hakeem Olajuwon ''Dream Shake'' move on 6-foot-8 Griner in the third. Griner finished 4 of 8...
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