Candace Parker had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jantel Lavender added 15 points and 11 rebounds, to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury, 78-68, on Friday night for their third road victory.
Los Angeles had a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Mercury went on a 10-2 run to cut it to 63-57.
Phoenix got to within three points, 69-66, with 2:11 left, but Kristi Toliver made three free throws and, after a Mercury turnover, Parker made a fastbreak layup for a 74-66 lead.
Kristi Toliver added 17 points for Los Angeles (9-17). Nneka Ogwumike missed her second straight game with concussion-like symptoms.
Brittney Griner scored 20 points, Candice Dupree added 15 and DeWanna Bonner had 13 for Phoenix (15-11). The Mercury clinched a playoff spot after San Antonio's loss to Minnesota.