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Sparks turn back Mercury to take 2-0 series lead

Sparks turn back Mercury to take 2-0 series lead

You’ll have to forgive the Sparks if they don’t sense things are beginning to feel very familiar. And familiar, in this case, is a WNBA title.

The Sparks ran their way to an 86-72 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Lynx have taken the same lead in the other semifinal, leaving both teams one victory away from a rematch of last year’s championship series that was won by the Sparks in five games.

“Everyone remembers us winning the world championship last year, but it was a struggle,” said Sparks center Candace Parker. “We stumbled...

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