June 1, 2008 |
WASHINGTON -- Candace Parker had 15 points and 11 rebounds Saturday for her third double-double in four games as the Sparks defeated the Washington Mystics, 70-59. The Sparks (3-1) led by as many as 16 in the third quarter but fell behind by a point on Nakia Sanford's putback with just over six minutes left in the game. However, Los Angeles closed with an 18-6 run to extend its strong start while opening the season on a five-game trip.
July 18, 2008 |
PHOENIX -- Cappie Pondexter scored 27 points and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Sparks, 99-92, on Thursday night to end a three-game losing streak. The Sparks have lost four in a row on the road and six of their last nine games overall after a 10-3 start. The Mercury (10-12) led by 10 points going into the final quarter, but the Sparks (13-9) rallied to within 91-88 with 1:28 left.
July 4, 2008 |
It's not who you start, it's how you finish. The Sparks went with a new look Thursday night against the Minnesota Lynx, starting Shannon Bobbitt and Raffaella Masciadri in the backcourt for the first time this season, but their fourth-quarter problems continued in an 88-70 loss at Staples Center, their third in a row and fourth in the last six games.
July 15, 2008 |
Before bidding farewell to Staples Center for the next 6 1/2 weeks, the Sparks gave their fans reason to return. The Sparks played with focus and precision from start to finish Monday night, building an early lead against the San Antonio Silver Stars and using a late push to pull away for a 75-62 victory in front of 11,976, the second-largest crowd to watch a Sparks game at Staples Center this season.