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Sparks' Leslie scores 41 to reach 5,000-point milestone

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lisa Leslie became the first WNBA player to
surpass 5,000 career points when she scored a career-high 41 to
lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 105-80 rout of the San Antonio
Silver Stars on Sunday night.

Leslie went 16-of-23 from the field and added 13 rebounds and
three assists as the Sparks (11-3) set a team scoring record in
their eighth consecutive victory. Chamique Holdsclaw added 15
points.

"She was vintage Lisa Leslie in every way," Silver Stars coach
Dan Hughes said. "She is having a good year, the best I've ever
seen her play."

Leslie, who now has 5,040 career points, broke the 5,000-point
barrier with a 19-foot jumper from the right of the lane 53 seconds
into the game.

"I didn't think about the 5,000 thing at all," Leslie said.
"You can go out there and not score one basket."

Leslie received the ball from Sparks owner Johnny Buss during a
timeout and gave it to her husband, Michael Lockwood, seated along
the sideline. She then hugged Lockwood and her mother, Christine
Espinoza.

"I don't know what it means," Leslie said of her career
achievement. "I don't know what to feel. I don't feel great
because there's no one ahead of me to say, 'That's a good mile
marker.' But I'm happy if everyone's happy."

Sparks coach Joe Bryant said he was surprised that Leslie's
previous single-game scoring best was 32 points.

"It's kind of hard for me to believe, as good as she is,"
Bryant said. "It looked like she should have 50.

"She might get that 81 one day," Bryant added, referring to
the total his son, Kobe Bryant, had in a game last season. "If
she's not the greatest player to ever play, I don't know who is."

Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored a career-high 21 points for the
Silver Stars (6-7), who have lost three in a row and five of seven.
Shanna Zolman added a career-best 17 points.

The Sparks took control by ending the first half with an 8-0 run
that broke a 41-all tie and gave them a 49-41 halftime lead. Los
Angeles led by as many as 29 points.