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Sparks take down Eastern Conference-leading Liberty, 77-67

Sparks take down Eastern Conference-leading Liberty, 77-67

A fiery Candace Parker set the tone of the Sparks’ 77-67 win over the Eastern Conference-leading New York Liberty Sunday at Staples Center with 10 first-quarter points, but it was Nneka Ogwumike’s 22 points and 15 rebounds that stood out in the team’s fifth consecutive win.

Again donning orange sneakers with the word “Rebound” written on them in honor of her late college coach, Pat Summitt, Parker finished the game with 15 points and five boards. She cooled down after an aggressive first quarter in which six of her points came off of and-one drives to the basket.

“This was a grind-it-out game,” Parker said. “We were both...

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