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Sparks topple Storm 74-61
LOS ANGELES -- 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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