LOS ANGELES – Nneka Ogwumike had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Kristi Toliver added 19 points, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 85-84 on Thursday night.
Jantel Lavender scored 15 points for Los Angeles (23-10) and Candace Parker had 14 points and 10 rebounds before being ejected with just under 7 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Ogwumike had 22 points and Toliver 16 in the second half to help the Sparks end Minnesota's seven-game winning streak.
Seimone Augustus led the Lynx (25-8) with 23 points and Maya Moore added 17 points before she fouled out with 2:18 remaining. Augustus scored 16 points in the second half. Lindsay Whalen finished with 13 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Minnesota pulled within two points three times in the final minutes, including 85-83, when Whalen rimmed in a shot with her foot on the 3-point line with 1.2 seconds remaining.