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Candace Parker notches double-double to lead Sparks to win

Candace Parker notches double-double to lead Sparks to win
Candace Parker plays during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game Celebrity Game at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images)

Candace Parker had 23 points, seven rebounds and a career-high 11 assists, Alana Beard scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Washington Mystics 97-86 on Friday night.

Los Angeles led by 20 points but Washington rallied to tie it at 76.

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Chelsea Gray drew two defenders in the lane and found Beard open in the corner for a 91-84 lead. The Sparks made six straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal it.

Riquna Williams scored 13 of her season-high 16 points in the first half and made all six of her field goals for Los Angeles (7-2). The Sparks had all five starters score in double figures. Odyssey Sims also scored 16 points.

Elena Delle Donne had 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Washington (6-5). LaToya Sanders added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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