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Next up for Sparks: Friday vs. Phoenix

L.A., which ended a three-game losing streak Tuesday, will try for back-to-back victories.

August 12, 2011

SPARKS TONIGHT

VS. PHOENIX

When: 7:30.

Where: Staples Center.

On the air: WNBA.com Live Access.

Records: Sparks 8-13, Mercury 13-9.

Record vs. Mercury: 1-1

Update: The Sparks ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-66 victory against Tulsa on Tuesday even though they shot only 41% from the field. The Shock is in last place in the Western Conference and has the lowest field-goal percentage in the league (38.8%), whereas the Mercury is third in the West and leads the league in shooting (46.9%). The Mercury is led by seven-time All-Star Diana Taurasi, who is averaging 20.9 points a game. The Sparks, who are in fifth place, are 41/2 games behind the Mercury, which beat Atlanta, 109-95, on Thursday.

— Melissa Rohlin

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