Sparks improve to 5-0 for best start since 2003

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Candace Parker scored 22 points, including two free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining, to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 77-72 on Thursday night.

Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Jantel Lavender scored eight of her 11 points in the second half for the Sparks (5-0), who finished a four-game, 10-day road swing.

Los Angeles, second in the AP WNBA power poll, is off to its best start since opening the 2003 season 9-0.

Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points and Alex Bentley added 14 for 11th-ranked Connecticut (1-3).

The Sun pulled to 73-69 with 1:34 left, but Parker answered with a left-handed hook shot in the lane as the shot clock was winding down.

After Alyssa Thomas made 1 of 2 free throws with 24.7 seconds left to pull Connecticut to 75-72, Jasmine Thomas grabbed the long offensive rebound but she missed a 3-pointer and Parker sealed it at the line.

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