Candace Parker made two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining and the Sparks held on for an 80-77 overtime win against the
Atlanta had a chance to tie it but Shoni Schimmel's three-pointer was short and after the buzzer.
Parker scored 26 points and Jantel Lavender added 15 as the Sparks moved closer to a playoff berth. Nneka Ogwumike had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Sparks spoiled the homecoming of Michael Cooper, who made his first appearance at Staples Center as Atlanta coach.
Cooper, who is recovering from surgery for tongue cancer, served two stints as Sparks coach and guided them to
Atlanta pulled to 78-77 with 4.7 seconds left on Schimmel's three-pointer before Parker made both free throws. Kristi Toliver's three-pointer from the right side gave the Sparks the lead for good at 76-74 and Atlanta was forced to foul.