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Riquna Williams pushes Sparks to victory over Lynx

Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams during the second half of a WNBA basketball game.
Sparks guard Riquna Williams scored 21 points off the bench in the team’s 97-81 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.
(Chris O’Meara / Associated Press)

Riquna Williams scored 21 points and led five Sparks players in double digits in a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

Candace Parker scored 11, grabbed 10 rebounds and distributed nine assists in the win. Parker entered the game with four straight double-doubles and is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds this year.

Seimone Augustus scored 13 for the Sparks (4-3) in her first game against her former team where she spent 13 seasons. Sydney Wiese scored 15 points and Chelsea Gray 10.

Hall of Famer Paul Westphal, the legendary basketball player from Southern California, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, friend Mike Lupica said.

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Crystal Dangerfield led the Lynx (5-2) with 29 points and Bridget Carleton and Damiris Dantas scored 15 apiece. Napheesa Collier scored 10. Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles missed the game due to injury.

Collier made a pair of free throws to give Minnesota its first lead at 56-55 with 4:22 left in the third quarter. After an exchange of baskets, Williams made a basket and a 3-pointer for a 64-61 lead and the Sparks never trailed again.


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