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Kristi Toliver, Lindsey Harding carry the Sparks to overtime win

Toliver scores 21 points and Harding adds 20 to help the Sparks beat the Tulsa Shock, 76-69.

June 09, 2013|Wire reports
  • Kristi Toliver, shown back in September, scored 21 points in the Sparks' 76-69 overtime victory over Tulsa on Saturday night.
Kristi Toliver, shown back in September, scored 21 points in the Sparks'… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

Kristi Toliver scored 21 points and Lindsey Harding added 20 to help the Sparks beat the Tulsa Shock, 76-69, in overtime on Saturday night at Staples Center.

Harding made four free throws and an impressive scoop shot to account for six of the Sparks' 10 points in the extra period. The first two of those free throws gave Los Angeles (2-1) a 71-69 lead that it did not relinquish.

The Shock (1-5), which had led 66-65 with 1:04 to go in regulation, was limited to three points and one field goal in overtime.

The Sparks pushed the game into overtime when Candace Parker made one of two free throws with 13.9 seconds left, and Tulsa's Skylar Diggins missed a layup in the final second of regulation. Parker finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Sparks but was limited to five points in the second half and overtime.

Glory Johnson led Tulsa with 17 points, and Diggins added 11 points.

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