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Up next for Sparks: Sunday night vs. Phoenix Mercury

Up next for Sparks: Sunday night vs. Phoenix Mercury
Sparks forward Candace Parker, left, and Phoenix's Penny Taylor battle for the ball during Game 1 of the WNBA Western Conference semifinals on Friday. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

SPARKS VS. PHOENIX

When: 6 p.m.

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Where: Staples Center.

On the air: ESPN2.

Regular-season records: Sparks 16-18, Mercury 29-5.

Record vs Mercury: 0-6 (includes the playoffs).

Update: The Sparks lost Game 1 of their best-of-three Western Conference semifinal series against the Mercury, 75-72, Friday evening. If the Sparks lose Game 2 in Los Angeles, they will be eliminated. Game 3, if necessary, will be Tuesday in Phoenix. Diana Taurasi led the top-seeded Mercury with 34 points on 10-for-15 shooting, including four consecutive free throws in the final 40 seconds. Candace Parker had 22 points and seven rebounds for the fourth-seeded Sparks. Phoenix has eliminated the Sparks from the playoffs twice in the last five seasons, including last year when the Mercury won Game 3 of the first round, 78-77.

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