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Taj McWilliams-Franklin has done her best to extend the Minnesota Lynx's franchise-record win streak.

The veteran center will try to keep that run going by helping the Western Conference leaders snap a six-game road losing streak against one of her former teams, the struggling Los Angeles Sparks, on Sunday night.

Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve needed a experienced player for her young squad, so she called the 40-year-old McWilliams-Franklin in the offseason to join her sixth team in six years. The two were previously together in 2008-09 when Reeve was an assistant coach, general manager and director of player personnel with Detroit.

That move has paid off lately as McWilliams-Franklin - the No. 2 all-time rebounder and 12th-leading scorer in league history - has scored in double figures in the last six of the Lynx's eight consecutive victories, averaging 13.7 points on 61.5 percent shooting.

She scored arguably her most important points during this win streak Thursday, hitting a 18-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds left to give her team a 62-60 win over San Antonio.

McWilliams-Franklin, who played for the Sparks in 2007, finished with 18 points to help Minnesota (15-4) overcome a miserable 27.5-percent shooting performance. All-Star rookie Maya Moore missed all seven of her shots while being held scoreless for the first time.

"Not our best performance," Reeve said. "All that matters is you got out of there with a 'W'. You found a way. ... Winning the game, no matter what it took or how it looked. Getting out of there with a 'W' is the most important thing."

The Lynx haven't earned a "W" in Los Angeles since July 3, 2008, and couldn't take advantage of Moore's 21 points in her professional debut at the Staples Center on June 3. Candace Parker led four Sparks players in double figures with 19 points and 10 rebounds during an 82-74 victory.

Parker, though, is still recovering from a torn meniscus in her right knee, and her team is 3-9 without her. Los Angeles (7-12) earned two of those wins in coach Joe Bryant's first games after taking over for Jennifer Gillom but has dropped six of seven since then.

The Sparks were held scoreless for the first 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter during a 79-70 loss to Connecticut on Wednesday, their third in a row at home.

Kristi Toliver was held to four points on 2-of-13 shooting in that game but has averaged a team-best 17.0 points on 58.6 percent shooting in the three matchups with Minnesota. That includes a career-high 28 points in the previous meeting, an 85-72 loss at the Target Center on July 26.

The Lynx forced 17 first-half turnovers and 25 overall, scoring a team-record 35 points off those miscues.

Minnesota is 3-19 all-time in Los Angeles and has dropped 34 of 45 overall meetings.

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