Sparks beat Lynx 81-71 for 9th straight home win

  • Minnesota Lynx center Temi Fagbenle, left, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

    Minnesota Lynx center Temi Fagbenle, left, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Associated Press

  • Minnesota Lynx guard Odyssey Sims blocks Los Angeles Sparks guard Alana Beard during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

    Minnesota Lynx guard Odyssey Sims blocks Los Angeles Sparks guard Alana Beard during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, left, blocks a shot by Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

    Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, left, blocks a shot by Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike, left, vies for a rebound with Minnesota Lynx center Temi Fagbenle during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

    Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike, left, vies for a rebound with Minnesota Lynx center Temi Fagbenle during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike, back, fouls Minnesota Lynx center Temi Fagbenle during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

    Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike, back, fouls Minnesota Lynx center Temi Fagbenle during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Associated Press

  • Minnesota Lynx forward Damiris Dantas shoots over Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

    Minnesota Lynx forward Damiris Dantas shoots over Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Associated Press

 
 
Posted8/21/2019 7:00 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Candace Parker had 20 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double, Chelsea Gray added 17 points, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-71 on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles used a 23-4 second-quarter spurt to take a 49-32 lead at the break and opened the second half on a 17-4 run for a 30-point advantage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Sparks scored just six points through the first 8 minutes of the fourth quarter as Minnesota pulled to 74-67 on Lexie Brown's fourth 3-pointer of the game. But Parker answered with a 3 and the Lynx did not get closer than eight points from there.

Alexis Jones scored a career-high 15 points - all in the first half - for Los Angeles (16-10). Nneka Ogwumike added eight points and eight rebounds for the Sparks, who have won nine straight at home.

Brown led Minnesota (13-15) with 20 points, and Napheesa Collier added 14. The Lynx have lost three straight.

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