DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 27 points and had a key late steal to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 96-91 on Tuesday night.

Candace Parker had 21 points and 13 rebounds to hlep the Sparks (4-1) win their third straight. Kristi Toliver added 16 points and Tina Thompson added 14 and a key block in the final minute.

The game was on the anniversary of the WNBA's inaugural contest in 1997 featuring the two teams.

Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points for New York (2-4), which has lost four straight.

After a steal by Milton-Jones, Parker's layup with 29 seconds gave the Sparks a 94-91 lead.

The Liberty had two looks at tying it but Powell missed a 3 and the Sidney Spencer's shot was blocked by Thompson.