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Storm get 1st win in Los Angeles since 2015, rout Sparks

In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm’s Alysha Clark (32) reacts to being called for fouling Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi (3) in the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm’s Alysha Clark (32) reacts to being called for fouling Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi (3) in the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
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LOS ANGELES – Alysha Clark had 17 points and a career-high five steals, Breanna Stewart added 16 points and the Seattle Storm beat the Los Angeles Sparks 88-63 on Thursday night.

Seattle jumped out to a 24-9 lead in the first quarter and led 42-33 at the break behind 12 points apiece from Stewart and Natasha Howard. The Storm opened the second half on a 17-6 spurt to extend it to a 20-point advantage.

Howard had 16 points and nine rebounds for Seattle (6-2), which won in Los Angeles for the first time since 2015. Jewell Loyd added 10 points, Sue Bird had eight assists and no Storm starter played more than 29 minutes.

Nneka Ogwumike scored 19 points for Los Angeles (4-2). Candace Parker was held to six points on 3-of-7 shooting in her third game of the season.

Terrell Owens, voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February, and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones sat courtside. Owens said in a statement Thursday that he would not attend the induction ceremony in August.

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