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Holdsclaw stars in debut with San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Chamique Holdsclaw scored 19 points in her Silver Stars debut, and San Antonio held off the Los Angeles Sparks 88-81 on Saturday night.

Holdsclaw, playing in her first WNBA game since injuring a knee against the Silver Stars on Aug. 20, 2009, while with the Atlanta Dream, scored San Antonio's first points 2½ minutes in on a putback after a missed 3-point attempt by Sophia Young.

In the fourth quarter, with San Antonio hanging on after Los Angeles had briefly taken the lead, Holdsclaw made an acrobatic save of a loose ball in front of the Sparks' bench. She threw the ball down court to Young, who made a layup that put the Silver Stars up by six.

Holdsclaw joined the Silver Stars on Friday after being waived on Wednesday by Atlanta. Holdsclaw hadn't reported to the Dream and had requested a trade.

Michelle Snow scored six points and Holdsclaw added four during the Silver Stars' 12-0 run in the second quarter after Los Angeles tied it at 26-26 on Betty Lennox's 3-pointer.

Snow had 16 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio (2-1).

The Sparks, down by 13 early in the second half, regained the lead for the first time since the game's opening possession when Candace Parker hit a driving layup early in the fourth to make it 65-64.

DeLisha Milton Jones led the Sparks (0-3) with 20 points. Parker scored eight of her 12 points in the second half.