Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/28/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks talks with teammates Lisa Leslie #9, DeLisha Milton-Jones #8 and Marie Ferdinand-Harris #24 during the game against the San Antonio Silver Stars on July 14, 2008 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
Candace Parker had 18 points and seven rebounds, Kristi Toliver scored 15 and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky 80-76 on Tuesday night. Reserve Jantel Lavender added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Sparks (17-7), who won their fifth straight game and moved a game behind Western Conference-leading Minnesota. Chicago rookie Elena Delle Donne, the league's fourth-leading scorer, did not play in the second half because of a left foot injury. There was no immediate update on her status. Sylvia Fowles led the Sky (15-8) with 22 points and nine rebounds. Fowles scored 10 in the fourth quarter and pulled Chicago to 77-76 on a three-point play and a basket inside. After Nneka Ogwumike gave Los Angeles a 78-76 lead, the teams exchanged misses before Fowles was stripped by Lindsey Harding in the paint and fouled her. Harding made the ensuing free throws and the Sparks held on. Chicago entered the game ranked first in field-goal defense but allowed the Sparks to shoot 52 per...
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