- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Candace Parker had 18 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals in her first home game and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 83-61 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.

Jantel Lavender recorded her league-leading 11th double-double for Los Angeles (6-14) with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Los Angeles had a season-high 12 steals.

Los Angeles started the third quarter on a 17-7 spurt, with six points from Parker, for 56-42 lead and opened the fourth with an 18-8 burst.

Maya Moore scored 13 for Minnesota (15-5), snapping a string of 11 straight games with 20 or more points. Diana Taurasi holds the single-season record of 12. Moore had 11 of Minnesota’s 21 first-quarter points, but scored just two in the second and did not attempt a shot in the third. She missed three field goals in 7 minutes of the fourth.


PHOENIX (AP) - DeWanna Bonner scored 25 points, capped by a contested 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer, to lift the Phoenix Mercury over the Tulsa Shock.

Phoenix (13-7) struggled to run a final play after a timeout with 23 seconds left and again after a timeout with 5.2 left before getting the ball to Bonner near mid-court. She started right, went left above the key before taking a dribble back to the right and shooting over Karima Christmas.

Tulsa (10-11), which lost its seventh straight, never trailed by more than two before the final basket and let a 12-point lead late in the third quarter slip away. All five starters scored at least 14 points with Riquna Williams and Christmas leading with 17. Courtney Paris had 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Candice Dupree had 24 points and Brittney Griner 18 with 13 rebounds and five blocks for Phoenix.

SUN 82, STARS 51

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Kelsey Bone had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help the Connecticut Sun beat the San Antonio Stars for coach Anne Donovan’s 200th career WNBA victory.

Donovan is the first female coach - and fourth overall - to reach the milestone.

Alex Bentley and Alyssa Thomas had 10 points apiece for Connecticut (10-9). Bentley scored a combined nine points in her last three games. Connecticut had a season-high 24 assists, led by Chelsea Gray’s career-best seven.

Connecticut outscored San Antonio 18-6 in a decisive third quarter and opened the fourth on a 13-3 run.

Jia Perkins scored 15 for San Antonio (6-15) and Sophia Young-Malcolm added 10. Danielle Adams returned from a three-game suspension but did not play. San Antonio lost by 30-plus for the second time in four days and has not won a game on the road this season.

SKY 106, FEVER 82

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Elena Delle Donne had 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and four blocks in just 23 minutes as the Chicago Sky defeated the Indiana Fever.

Jamierra Faulkner added 16 points for Chicago (13-8), which had six players score in double figures. The Sky shot 72 percent in the first half and 63 for the game en route to sweeping the four-game season series for the first time in team history.

With Secretary of Education Arne Duncan courtside in a pink Sky t-shirt, Chicago raced to 17-point lead with a season-high 57 points in the first half. The lead reached 28 points with an 8-0 run in the third quarter that included free throws after Shavonte Zellous picked up two technicals and was ejected.

Maggie Lucas scored 14 points for Indiana (11-9), which had won three straight and eight of 10.

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