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Sparks swept out of playoffs by Phoenix Mercury
Sparks swept out of playoffs by Phoenix Mercury

Magic was in the stands, but there was no magic on the court for the Sparks on Sunday evening. In front of the team's new owner, Magic Johnson, the Sparks were swept out of the playoffs by the Phoenix Mercury, 93-68, in Game 2 of their best-of-three Western Conference semifinals series. The Mercury had control the entire game, leading by as many as 30 points and never trailing. They outshot the Sparks, 53.5% to 46.7%, and outrebounded them, 34-25. It wasn't what Johnson had in mind when he and his investment group purchased the team in February, promising to return the championship trophy to L.A. “Rome isn't built in a day,” said Candace Parker, who...

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