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Candace Parker scored 21 points and Kristi Toliver added 18 and the Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Seattle Storm 74-61 on Tuesday night.
Alana Beard scored 15 points as the Sparks (2-0) led from the first quarter after their big comeback victory against the Storm on Friday in which the Sparks erased a 21-point second-half deficit.
Ann Wauters led Seattle (0-2) with 15 points. Tina Thompson added 13.
The Sparks led by double digits for most of the fourth quarter. Toliver made three 3-pointers in the final five minutes, the last make it 71-62.
Parker and Toliver stretched the lead to 60-45 in the final minute of the third.
Parker brought the ball up court after Shekinna Stricklen's miss inside and passed to Toliver for a 3-pointer. The Sparks got another stop and Parker came down and hit a 3-pointer.
The Sparks came out energized in the home opener, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was moved because Staples Center hosted NBA and NHL playoff games over the weekend.
Parker scored nine of her team's first 13 points as the Sparks led from 11-9 to halftime. Seattle fell behind by 11 points but climbed back on a pair of Thompson 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the first half and trailed 37-33.
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By KATE HEDLIN,
STATS WriterThe Minnesota Lynx have gotten off to a quick start in defense of their WNBA title. The Los Angeles Sparks may have a chance to keep them from repeating.The Lynx and Sparks will both try to improve to 3-0 when they meet at the Target Center on Thursday night.After not receiving much of a challenge in its opener - a 105-83 win over Phoenix on Sunday -...
The Minnesota Lynx have gotten off to a quick start in defense of their WNBA title. The Los Angeles Sparks may have a chance to keep them from repeating.
The Lynx and Sparks will both try to improve to 3-0 when they meet at the Target Center on Thursday night.
After not receiving much of a challenge in its opener - a 105-83 win over Phoenix on Sunday - Minnesota was tested early...
The Seattle Storm were well on their way to a season-opening victory before Kristi Toliver and the Los Angeles Sparks took over in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles will look to carry over the momentum from Friday's stunning comeback victory into the rematch Tuesday night, while visiting Seattle will be seeking a much better result.
The Sparks (1-0) trailed by 21 with 2:48 remaining...