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Beard’s late basket lifts Sparks over Storm

Sun., July 21, 2013

Seattle wastes lead, drops seventh of last 9

SEATTLE – Alana Beard hit a jumper with 10.2 seconds left to give the Los Angeles Sparks a 65-64 win over the Seattle Storm on Saturday.

Nneka Ogwumike tied a season high with 24 points and had nine rebounds to lead Los Angles (12-5), which extended its winning streak to eight games over the Storm. Seattle last beat the Sparks in 2011.

Lindsey Harding had 10 points and eight assists for the Sparks. Candace Parker, who entered the game averaging 18.4 points, had just seven points.

Camille Little scored 22 to lead Seattle (6-10), which has lost four of five and seven of nine. Shekinna Stricklen added 13 points.

Parker hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to 62-61 with 1 minute left. Temeka Johnson responded with a drive to make it 64-61 for Seattle before Harding made a layup to make it 64-63.

Stricklen missed a 3 with 23 seconds left that the Sparks rebounded to set up Beard’s winning shot.

Ogwumike scored eight and Kristi Toliver five during a 17-4 run, including a 10-0 streak, as the Sparks rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to lead 50-49. Little hit four straight free throws to give the Storm a 53-52 lead after three quarters.


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