LOS ANGELES — Candace Parker scored 20 points, Chelsea Gray added 19 and the Los Angeles Sparks held off the winless San Antonio Stars, 80-75 on Thursday night.
Los Angeles led by 22 points in the first half but San Antonio rallied in the third quarter. Moriah Jefferson scored on three straight San Antonio possession during a 20-2 run and the Stars cut their deficit to 50-48. Jantel Lavender scored six consecutive points for Los Angeles and Gray beat the buzzer for a 58-50 lead.
Nneka Ogwumike’s three-point play with 2:55 left gave Los Angeles a 70-63 lead, Parker’s layup made it 72-67 and the Sparks led by at least four points the rest of the way.
Ogwumike finished with 16 points for Los Angeles (7-3), which was just 2 of 12 from 3-point range but made 24 of 28 free throws.
Jefferson was 4 for 5 on 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and Isabelle Harrison had a career-high 22 points for San Antonio (0-10).
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