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Mabika lifts L.A. to even first-round series with Storm

Updated: August 21, 2006, 12:35 AM ET
By Miki Turner | Special to ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Storms are rare in Southern California. And even when they do appear, they threaten but seldom do much damage.

Such was the case Sunday when the Los Angeles Sparks hosted the Seattle Storm in the second game of the Western Conference semifinals at Staples Center. Despite some early showers, the top-seeded Sparks, who trailed 0-1 in the series, weathered the fourth-seeded Storm with a 78-70 victory to force a decisive Game 3 on Tuesday (ESPN2, 10 p.m. ET).

Although ...

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