Sparks win 5th straight, beat Fever 74-55

LOS ANGELES (AP) Candace Parker scored 15 and the Los Angeles Sparks used their defense to win their fifth straight, 74-55 over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.

The Fever’s offensive output was a season low in scoring as well as a season best defensively for the Sparks (9-2).

Los Angeles pulled away with 12 straight points to lead 70-53 on Chelsea Gray’s basket with 1:31 left in the game. Gray added 14 points and Nneka Ogwumike scored 12.

The Sparks remained alone atop the WNBA standings.

Natalie Achonwa had 13 points and Tiffany Mitchell scored 10 for the Fever (1-11), who were coming in off their first win of the season.

Indiana led most of the first quarter before Los Angeles took control in the second. The Sparks outscored the Fever 39-22 in the second half, holding Indiana to six points in the fourth quarter.