MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Maya Moore scored 27 points and Lindsay Whalen had 24 to help the Minnesota Lynx hold off the Los Angeles Sparks 82-76 on Wednesday night, spoiling the season debut of two-time MVP Candace Parker.
Moore and Whalen scored Minnesota’s final 12 points, including a 6-0 run after Los Angeles had pulled within 76-73 with 2:31 left.
Minnesota (13-4) avoided losing back-to-back home games for the first time since 2013, while Los Angeles (3-14) lost its eighth straight on the road.
Sylvia Fowles, playing in her first game for Minnesota after being acquired Monday from Chicago, added 11 points. Moore made four 3-pointers and scored 20 or more points for a franchise-record ninth straight game.
Los Angeles’ Jantel Lavender had 15 points and 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double. Parker, who rested during the first half of the season, had 12 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists.
FEVER 84, LIBERTY 72
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Shenise Johnson scored 19 points to lead a balanced offense and the Fever ended the Liberty’s five-game winning streak.
Briann January had all 12 of her points in the second half to go with a season-high eight assists for the Fever (10-8).
Indiana started a 17-2 run late in the third quarter and led 74-59 at 6:13 of the fourth quarter when Maggie Lucas hit a 3-pointer.
Epiphanny Prince, who had 17 points, scored six as the Liberty (12-6) came right back with 10 straight but they only had three points in the last four minutes. Tina Charles led New York with 18 points.
MYSTICS 87, STORM 74
WASHINGTON (AP) – Ivory Latta made four three-pointers and scored 20 points to lead the Mystics to their fourth-straight victory with a win over the Storm.
Tayler Hill added 18 points for Washington (10-6) and All-Star Stefanie Dolson added 17 points and nine rebounds. The Mystics scored 34 first-quarter points and 53 first-half points, both season highs.
Abby Bishop had 17 points for Seattle (5-14), which has lost seven straight on the road.
The Mystics led by as many as 24 points in each half. Seattle cut the deficit to 57-45 midway through the third quarter before Washington went on a 12-5 run, capped by a steal and six consecutive points from Latta.
The Mystics Kia Vaughn, who has been out since June 12 with concussion symptoms, had eight points and four rebounds in front of 10,100 on youth camp day at the Verizon Center.
STARS 102, DREAM 85
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Kayla McBride scored 25 points and Danielle Robinson had 10 points and 12 assists to lead the Stars to a win over the Dream.
Jayne Appel added 10 of her career-high 15 points in the third quarter for the Stars (6-12), who scored the first 12 points of the second half to break the game open. Valeriane Ayayi of France had 10 in her debut.
McBride had 21 points in the first half when San Antonio, which set a season high for points, led 47-42.
The Stars were without veteran Danielle Adams, who was suspended earlier in the day for three games for an unspecified violation of the league’s anti-drug policy.
Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta (7-11) with 14 points.
Reshanda Gray, acquired in an All-Star break trade, had 13 points. The rookie had six points in 10 games with Minnesota.