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Sparks stay alive, upend Monarchs

Los Angeles' Lisa Leslie, center, is smothered by Sacramento. 
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Mwadi Mabika and Tamecka Dixon pulled the Los Angeles Sparks back into their playoff series against the Sacramento Monarchs and gave the Sparks a chance to win the series at home.

Mabika scored 22 points and Dixon had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead Los Angeles to a 71-57 victory Sunday over the visiting Sacramento Monarchs in the second game of their WNBA playoff series.

Lisa Leslie, named WNBA defensive player of the year Sunday, added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Sparks, who tied the best-of-3 series. The deciding game will take place Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Shock 76, Liberty 66: Cheryl Ford had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Deanna Nolan scored 18 points to lead defending WNBA champion Detroit to a win in New York.