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Sparks celebrate a 78-68 opening-day win over Seattle Storm, along with 2016 title

Sparks celebrate a 78-68 opening-day win over Seattle Storm, along with 2016 title

Just as the Sparks began to unveil their 2016 WNBA championship banner at Staples Center on Saturday afternoon, Kobe Bryant eased his way in, drawing as many cheers as the three-time champions did from the now overly excited fans.

But as the game began to take shape, and especially as the Sparks began to surge ahead in the latter stages of the fourth quarter, the crowd’s roar was decidedly all about Los Angeles’ pulling out a 78-68 victory over the Seattle Storm in a season opener.

Before the nationally televised game went live, the Sparks rolled out their three championship trophies, putting the 2016 hardware next to the back-to-back ones from the 2001 and 2002...

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