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Lindsay Whalen scores 20 points, Lynx beat Sparks 88-64 to improve to 7-2

Lindsay Whalen scored 20 points, and Seimone Augustus had 19 in the Minnesota Lynx' 88-64 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday night.

Devereaux Peters added 14 points and nine rebounds to help the Lynx improve to 7-2 with their fifth in six games.

Candace Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Sparks (5-3), who beat Minnesota by 28 points last Friday night in California. Kristi Toliver added 14 points.

Augustus had 12 points to help Minnesota take a 24-15 lead after one quarter. Minnesota had 24 first-half points last week in its 87-59 loss to the Sparks.

Whalen scored seven straight points to key a 13-2 Minnesota run to open the second quarter and increase the lead to 20 at 37-17. During the spurt, Los Angeles went 5:34 without a point.

Los Angeles had an 11-3 run to cut it to 40-28 late in the first half, but the Sparks — winless in three road games — could get no closer. They trailed by 29 in the fourth quarter.