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Up next for the Sparks: Friday vs. Phoenix

When: 7:30.

Where: Staples Center.

On the air: Internet: WNBA.com.

Records: Sparks 1-1, Mercury 0-1.

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Record vs. Mercury (2010): 1-4.

Update: This game pits Candace Parker, the 2008 WNBA most valuable player, against Diana Taurasi, the 2009 MVP. Three of the teams’ five meetings last season were decided by one point. When the Western Conference rivals met in May for an exhibition, the Sparks won, 83-72. Parker leads the Sparks with 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Taurasi, who led the league in scoring last season with 22.6 points, had 31 in the Mercury’s season opener against Seattle.

— Melissa Rohlin


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