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Sparks cruise to win over San Antonio Stars, 60-52

Sparks cruise to win over San Antonio Stars, 60-52
Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike celebrates with guard Alana Beard during the second half of a game against the Tulsa Shock on Aug. 6. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)

Jantel Lavender scored a season-high 24 points and the Los Angeles Sparks kept the San Antonio Stars winless on the road with a 60-52 win Sunday.

The Sparks (12-18) opened a three-game home stand with their fourth win in five games after a 3-1 road trip. Los Angeles maintained its hold on the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Kristi Toliver scored 15 points for the Sparks and Candace Parker posted her 11th double-double in 14 games with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

San Antonio (7-23) pulled within 49-45 on Jia Perkins's jumper with 7:20 left, but Toliver knocked down an 18-footer and Alana Beard converted a layup off a Parker feed to push the lead back to 53-45. Perkins finished with 15 points to lead the Stars.

Sophia Young-Malcolm added 11 points and Jayne Appel grabbed 13 rebounds.

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