Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 18 points and Monique Currie added 16 to lead the Washington Mystics to a 79-75 victory over the Sparks on Thursday night at Staples Center.
Los Angeles' season-best three-game winning streak came to an end.
Kia Vaughn, who had 14 points and nine rebounds for Washington (10-13), scored the go-ahead basket to make it 74-72 with 1:31 to play after the Sparks had made up a 14-point deficit.
Ivory Latta, who finished with 15 points, sank two free throws with 18 seconds left, and the Sparks' Kristi Toliver missed an ensuing three-point attempt.
Jantel Lavender, a fourth-year center who had missed the only three-point field goal she had attempted in her pro career before Thursday night, made a three-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining to pull the Sparks within three, 78-75. But Currie made the second of two free throws with 2.3 seconds to play to put the game out of reach.
Lavender scored a season-high 23 points to lead the Sparks (10-12). Candace Parker finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Sparks while Toliver added 13 points.