Sparks salvage one in Garden

Sparks forward Candace Parker (3) controls the ball against Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekah Brunson in Game 1 of the WNBA basketball finals in Minneapolis on Oct. 9, 2016.
(Stacy Bengs / Associated Press)

Candace Parker and the Sparks capped off a disappointing trip with a strong finish at Madison Square Garden.

Parker scored 20 points and Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks with 22 in a 90-75 victory over the Liberty on Tuesday night.

“We needed a win on this trip and this was the way to get it,” Parker said. “We’re a work in progress. We let two slip away and I think our defense kind of got back on track in this game.”

The defending WNBA champion Sparks blew a 14-point lead to Indiana in the opener of the three-game swing and then lost a close one in Atlanta.


“It was bigger than just winning on the road or winning off a three-game road trip,” Ogwumike said. “We were re-searching for our identity and hit the nail on the head tonight. Going into practices is perfect. We’re in a great situation to look at this film and bring it to practice.”

The Sparks (3-2) led 66-64 after three quarters and scored the first 11 points of the fourth period to take command.