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Up next for Sparks: Tuesday vs. Chicago Sky

The Sparks play the Eastern Division-leading Sky, led by marquee rookie Elena Delle Donne.

August 12, 2013|By Van Nightingale

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CHICAGO

When: 7:30 p.m. PDT.

Where: Staples Center.

On the air: TV: TWC, TWC Deportes.

Records: Sparks 16-7, Sky 15-7.

Record vs. Sky: 0-1.

Update: The Sparks return home after winning four of five on a nine-day trip, to face Eastern Division-leading Chicago. It will mark the first Los Angeles appearance of the Sky's Elena Delle Donne, one of the league's marquee rookies, who scored 20 points in a 92-84 victory over the Sparks on June 29 in Rosemont, Ill. Delle Donne, a 6-foot-5 swing player out of Delaware, leads all WNBA rookies with an 18.7 scoring average. With Candace Parker missing three games during the road swing with a wrist injury, the Sparks discovered an extra weapon in Jantel Lavender, a 6-4 reserve center who averaged 15.8 points and 8.0 rebounds over the last four games. Despite their recent run, the Sparks remain 11/2 games behind division-leading Minnesota.

van.nightingale@latimes.com

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