Sparks take Mystics 79-69

Sparks take Mystics 79-69
June 23, 2013, 11:00 pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lindsey Harding scored 22 points and had seven assists, and Candace Parker added 20 points to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 79-69 win against the Washington Mystics on Sunday night.

Harding scored a season high in points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and made all 10 free throws in 40 minutes of action. Parker also had seven rebounds and four blocks, while Neka Ogwumike added 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Sparks (5-2) won their third straight game and remained undefeated at home.

Crystal Langhorne led the Mystics (4-4) with 16 points and 13 rebounds, but Washington went winless on a three-game road trip. Tayler Hill also had 16 points in a reserve role.

Washington leading scorer Ivory Latta was held to five points on 2-for-8 shooting. Latta cut the deficit to 71-63 on a long jumper, but was tied up by Harding on Washington's next possession. Harding then scored on a nice pass from Parker to push the lead back to 10.

Washington closed within eight points seven times in the fourth quarter, but got no closer.

Los Angeles started the third quarter on a 10-0 run after Parker completed a three-point play on a left-handed basket. Her free throw gave the Sparks their biggest lead at 57-37. Washington committed eight turnovers in the third quarter.

The Sparks took a 47-37 lead into halftime on 16 points from Harding, who went 5 for 6 from the field with six assists and four rebounds without seeing the bench. Parker scored the final two baskets of the first half, on an inside feed from Harding and a breakaway layup, and ended Washington's last possession with a block.