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Sparks’ nine-game winning streak ends with loss to Lynx

Sparks guard Chelsea Gray scored 18 points in the team's loss to the Minnesota Lynx on Monday.
(Associated Press)

Napheesa Collier had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists, rookie Crystal Dangerfield added 21 points and the Minnesota Lynx ended the Los Angeles Sparks’ nine-game winning streak with a 96-78 victory on Monday night.

Rachel Banham made all six of her field-goal attempts and scored 18 points off the bench for Minnesota (11-5). Damiris Dantas had 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Minnesota shot 53.6% from the field, including 14 of 27 from 3-point range. Banham made four 3-pointers, and Dantas and Dangerfield had three apiece.

Chelsea Gray scored 18 points for Los Angeles (12-4), which has already clinched a playoff spot. Candace Parker had eight points and nine rebounds, and Nneka Ogwumike, averaging 12.3 points and 4.4 rebounds, did not play due to back soreness.

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The game was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but was postponed because the WNBA players decided not to play following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.


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