Sparks remain unbeaten with victory over Connecticut, 77-72

Candace Parker high-fives Nneka Ogwumike during the first half of the Sparks' 77-72 win over the Sun on May 26.
(Jessica Hill / Associated Press)

Candace Parker scored 22 points, including two free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining, to help the Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun, 77-72, on Thursday night. 

Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Jantel Lavender scored eight of her 11 points in the second half for the Sparks (5-0), who finished a four-game, 10-day road swing. 

Los Angeles, second in the AP WNBA power poll, is off to its best start since opening the 2003 season 9-0.


See the most-read stories in Sports this hour>>

Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points and Alex Bentley added 14 for 11th-ranked Connecticut (1-3). 

The Sun pulled to 73-69 with 1:34 left, but Parker answered with a left-handed hook shot in the lane as the shot clock was winding down. 

After Alyssa Thomas made 1 of 2 free throws with 24.7 seconds left to pull Connecticut to 75-72, Jasmine Thomas grabbed the long offensive rebound but she missed a 3-pointer and Parker sealed it at the line.