Sparks snap 13-game skid against Aces with victory

Sparks guard Jordin Canada lays the ball up past Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum.
Sparks guard Jordin Canada scored 20 points in the team’s 78-72 win over the Las Vegas Aces on Saturday.
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Layshia Clarendon had 22 points, Jordin Canada scored 20 and Nneka Ogwumike posted a double-double to help the Sparks snap a 13-game losing streak to the Las Vegas Aces with a 78-72 victory on Saturday.

Clarendon sank six of nine shots and all nine of her free throws for Los Angeles (13-18), which leads the Chicago Sky by a game for the eighth and final spot in the playoffs. She added five rebounds and five assists. Canada sank half of her eight shots from long distance, adding three steals. Ogwumike totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.

Las Vegas (28-4) already clinched a postseason berth, but the defending champions had to settle for tying the Sparks’ WNBA record for best start through 32 games. L.A. set the record in 2000 and matched it in 2001. A’ja Wilson scored 25 to lead four Aces in double figures. She added nine rebounds and three steals.


Canada scored 11 to lead the Sparks to a 24-15 lead after one quarter.

Chelsea Gray hit a three-pointer, Cayla George sank back-to-back threes and Kelsey Plum buried one of her own in the first 2:52 of the second period to get Las Vegas within 28-27. Plum sandwiched a three-pointer and two free throws around a layup by Young, and the Aces grabbed a 36-34 lead with 3:10 left before halftime.

On the Sparks’ next possession, Plum was charged with a flagrant-1 foul on Clarendon, who picked up a technical on the play. Plum missed her technical foul shot. Clarendon sank both of her free throws for the flagrant and followed with a layup as the Sparks regained the lead and never trailed again. Los Angeles used an 8-0 run to lead 42-36 at intermission.

Jordin Canada finishes with 20 points and eight assists and Nneka Ogwumike scored 17 points to lead the Sparks to an 85-74 win over the Atlanta Dream.

Aug. 12, 2023

Alysha Clark hit two straight three-pointers to key a 15-7 run to close out the third period and the Aces trailed 57-55.

Ogwumike made two straight jumpers to ignite an 8-0 run and L.A. pushed its lead back to double figures at 69-59 with 4:55 left. Plum had a steal and a layup and Gray followed with a layup off a Kiah Stokes steal as the Aces closed to within 72-70 with 1:32 remaining. Stokes grabbed an Ogwumike miss, but Wilson missed three shots at the other end with a chance to tie or take the lead. Ogwumike answered with a basket to give the Sparks a two-possession lead with 20 seconds to play.

The Sparks picked up their fourth straight win and ended a four-game win streak by the Aces.

Las Vegas will play its next four games on the road. The league is playing a record 40-game schedule this season.