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Jantel Lavender scores 18, Candace Parker has 12 points, 5 blocks as Sparks rout Liberty 85-67

Reserve Jantel Lavender paced a balanced offense with 18 points to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to their fourth straight win, topping the New York Liberty 85-67 on Saturday.

Lavender finished 9 of 13 from the field and helped put the game away with three corner jumpers in the fourth quarter.

Kristi Toliver scored 10 of her 16 points in the first quarter for the Sparks (16-7). Candace Parker had 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in her second game back after missing three games with a wrist injury.

Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty (9-13) with 22 points and Plenette Pierson added 12.

New York got off to a slow start, trailing 23-13 after the first quarter. The Sparks led 39-30 at halftime.

Lindsey Harding added 12 points for Los Angeles, which shot 52 percent from the field.