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Confidence, teamwork help Sparks to a fast start

Confidence, teamwork help Sparks to a fast start

The Sparks cruised to a 98-85 win over Chicago on Tuesday, setting a franchise record with their 10th consecutive season-opening win. But they are still behind in the WNBA standings.

On that same day the defending champion Minnesota Lynx won their 11th straight game for the best start in league history.

Still, the Sparks’ streak is a big turnaround from a year ago when the team lost its first seven games.

“It’s a complete opposite start, really. Just having everyone healthy makes a big difference,” said Sparks Coach Brian Agler, who was hired in 2015.

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