- Associated Press - Sunday, August 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Candace Parker had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Chelsea Gray added 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 78-67 on Sunday.

Los Angeles (24-8) clinched at least a top-two seed in the WNBA playoffs - which begin Sept. 6 - and pulled within a half-game of the league-leading Lynx. The Sparks beat Minnesota in the WNBA Finals last year on Nneka Ogwumike’s last-second putback.

Minnesota (24-7) led 6-0, but the Sparks scored 22 of the next 29 points, including 10 by Parker, and led the rest of the way.

Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer to pull the Lynx within three points midway through the second quarter, but Gray scored six points during a 13-2 run to close the half and take a 46-32 lead into the break. Minnesota trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

LIBERTY 92, SKY 62

NEW YORK (AP) - Tina Charles scored 18 of her 22 points in the first half and New York beat Chicago for its eighth consecutive victory.

New York (20-12) wrapped up the No. 4 seed in the playoff, giving it a first-round bye. The Liberty are a half-game behind Connecticut for the third seed.

Stefanie Dolson scored 22 points for Chicago (12-19).

MERCURY 75, STORM 71

SEATTLE (AP) - Brittney Griner had 29 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, and Leilani Mitchell hit two late 3-pointers to help Phoenix hold off Seattle.

Diana Taurasi scored 18 points, and Mitchell finished with 11 for Phoenix (16-16). The Mercury clinched a playoff berth earlier Sunday when Chicago lost at New York.

Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 33 points, and Breanna Stewart added 13 points and nine rebounds for Seattle (14-18).

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