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Nneka Ogwumike scores 21 as Sparks beat Seattle Storm, 70-56

Nneka Ogwumike scores 21 as Sparks beat Seattle Storm, 70-56
Candace Parker had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Sparks' 70-56 win Thursday over the Seattle Storm. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points for her fifth straight game in the 20s and the Sparks beat the Seattle Storm, 70-56, on Thursday night.

Candace Parker added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks (7-9), and Chantel Lavender had 11 points. The Sparks shot 68% in the second and third quarters.

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Ogwumike, coming off a season-high 26-point performance Tuesday night in a loss to Chicago, was 10 of 16 from the floor.

Crystal Langhorne led the Storm (7-12) with 19 points and had eight rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen came off the bench to score 11 points, and Temeka Johnson had 10.

The Sparks broke the game open by hitting 19 of 28 shots in the second and third quarters. The Sparks shot 50.8% overall. Seattle shot 39.7%.

The Storm played without scoring leader Camille Little because of her grandfather's death.

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