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Sparks beat Mercury to advance to WNBA Finals rematch against Lynx

Sparks beat Mercury to advance to WNBA Finals rematch against Lynx

Candace Parker hobbled into the postgame press conference with ice bags over both knees and slung over her left shoulder. But soreness was a small price to pay for a return trip to the WNBA Finals.

Parker drove for a layup with 2.9 seconds left, giving the Los Angeles Sparks an 89-87 win and three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semifinals Sunday.

Parker, a two-time league most valuable player, finished with 21 points and 11 assists.

The Mercury's Brittney Griner missed a shot as time expired and the Sparks celebrated with shouts and embraces in front of their bench.

“In Sparks fashion, we made things interesting down the stretch,” Parker said....

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