Up next for Sparks: Thursday vs. Phoenix

VS. PHOENIX

When: 7:30.

Where: Staples Center.

On the air: NBATV.

Records: Sparks 14-13, Mercury 18-9.

Record vs. Mercury: 0-2.

Update: The Sparks are looking to extend their six-game winning streak and move closer in securing a postseason berth. The Mercury is the first team to clinch the playoffs and is two games ahead of the Seattle Storm for the top seeding in the West. Sparks guard Kristi Harrower attended her grandmother's funeral in her native Australia on Wednesday and will miss the next three games.

-- Mark Medina

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