SEATTLE – Alana Beard scored five of her 11 points in overtime, including a 3-pointer that put Los Angeles ahead for good, in a 77-75 victory that ended Seattle’s five-game win streak Tuesday.
Candace Parker led the Sparks (13-8) with 21 points. She added 10 assists and was a rebound shy of a triple-double with nine boards.
Beard’s shot from behind the arc came with 3:23 left in overtime, putting Los Angeles ahead 71-70. After Breanna Stewart missed a pair of shots, Beard came back with a jumper, extending the Sparks’ lead.
The Storm (15-6), who lead the WNBA’s Western Conference, could not respond.
Parker’s turnaround hook gave the Sparks a 77-72 lead with 1:05 to play. Natasha Howard cut into the margin with a three-point play, but Seattle came no closer. Sue Bird, Howard and Stewart all missed chances to tie the game in the final 7 seconds. Howard finished with 18 points for Seattle, while Stewart had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
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