LOS ANGELES (AP) Candace Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Chelsea Gray added 15 points to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 77-69 on Sunday.
Odyssey Sims and Nneka Ogwumike added 12 points apiece for the Sparks (4-1).
The Lynx (2-5), who beat Los Angeles in the WNBA Finals last season, have lost four in a row for the first time since dropping five straight in the 2010 season. That was the year before Maya Moore was drafted by Minnesota.
Moore’s 3-pointer gave Minnesota a one-point lead, but the Lynx went the next four-plus minutes without a field goal and Alana Beard’s pull-up jumper sparked a 10-1 run that gave the Sparks a 52-44 advantage. Moore answered with a floater in the lane before Ogwumike and Sims made back-to-back baskets to push the lead into double figures and Minnesota trailed by at least eight points the rest of the way.
SUN 88, MYSTICS 64
WASHINGTON (AP) – Jasmine Thomas scored a season-high 25 points, hitting four 3-pointers, to help the Sun beat the Mystics and remain the lone undefeated team in the WNBA.
Connecticut (5-0) is off to its best start in franchise history. Alex Bentley added 15 points, Chiney Ogwumike had 11 points and nine rebounds and three blocks for the Sun.
Ariel Atkins led the Mystics (5-3) with 14 points. Washington has lost three of its last four games and was missing star Elena Delle Donne for the fourth straight game due to an illness.
Thomas scored four points during an 11-4 opening run and Connecticut never trailed. Myisha Hines-Allen’s offensive rebound and putback pulled the Mystics within two late in the second quarter but they would get no closer. Thomas answered with a 3-pointer to sparks a 12-0 run that made it 49-35 at the break.
SKY 95, ACES 90
CHICAGO (AP) – Cheyenne Parker had 20 points and 13 rebounds – both career highs – and Jamierra Faulkner hit a late 3-pointer to help the short-handed Sky beat the Aces.
Rookie Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 25 points and Courtney Vandersloot had season highs with 15 points and 11 assists for the Sky (3-3), who snapped a three-game skid. Faulkner finished with a season-best 17 points, including a career-high tying three 3-pointers – all in the fourth quarter.
Dearica Hamby hit a 3-pointer to pull Las Vegas (1-5) within one with a minute to go, but Vandersloot hit Faulkner for her final 3 to make it 94-90 and DeShields stole a pass, was fouled and hit 1 of 2 free throws to cap the scoring with 36.3 seconds left.
Hamby scored a career-high 24 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, and A’ja Wilson added 22 points for Las Vegas.
MERCURY 78, DREAM 71
ATLANTA (AP) – Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner had 20 points apiece, and combined to score the Mercury’s final 20 points, as Phoenix beat the Dream.
Bonner added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals while Taurasi finished with eight assists. Brittney Griner had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Mercury (4-3).
Brittney Sykes made a layup to trim Atlanta’s deficit to 58-57 early in the fourth quarter, but Taurasi scored 12 points from there as she and Bonner combined to make 12 of 12 free throws over the final six-plus minutes to hold off the Dream (2-3).
Taurasi hit Bonner for a 3-pointer to open the scoring and Phoenix never trailed. Bonner hit a jumper to make it 50-36, and match the Mercury’s biggest lead of the game, with seven minutes left in the third quarter. Five different Atlanta players scored during a 17-4 run over the next six minutes that pulled the Dream within one.
Angel McCoughtry, who sat out last season to rest, had 21 points and 10 rebounds – both season highs – for Atlanta.