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Sparks light up Texas behind all-everything Leslie

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Lisa Leslie led Los Angeles to a two-game
Texas sweep Wednesday night, scoring 20 points and grabbing 14
rebounds to help the Sparks beat the San Antonio Silver Stars
81-67.

On Tuesday night, Leslie had 16 points and 10 rebounds in a
victory in Houston.

"We were very tired tonight. It's difficult enough to win road
games in this league coming off a back-to-back," Leslie said.
"This game just came down to heart, and we wanted it more."

Western Conference-leading Los Angeles (22-6) won for the ninth
time in 10 games, while San Antonio (11-14) has lost six
of seven to fall 2½ games behind Seattle for the final playoff spot
in the conference.

Los Angeles' Mwadi Mabika was ejected late in the third quarter
after scoring 16 points and going 4-of-6 from 3-point range. She
was ejected for hitting Kendra Wecker in the head after the San
Antonio forward backed her out of the lane while fighting for a
rebound.

Vickie Johnson scored 16 points for San Antonio, including her
3,500th career point in the second quarter.

With Mabika in the locker room after her ejection, Leslie had
nine points and four rebounds in the fourth quarter.

"To win this type of game, you have to do a better job
controlling Lisa Leslie," Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said.
"She was dominant down low in the second half."

The Sparks had a two-point lead heading into the final 10
minutes.

"That role (of being a team leader) is the only role I have
ever known," Leslie said. "It is who I am. When I get on the
court, I know what I have to do."

The Silver Stars shot 3-of-17 from the floor in the final
period.

The score was tied 2:18 into the second half when the Silver
Stars missed their next five shots and fell behind 52-42 on
Chamique Holdsclaw's mid-range jumper. Holdsclaw came off the bench
to score 16 points.

San Antonio called timeout and came back on the floor to make
its next four shots from the floor, plus the two free throws by
Wecker after Mabika's ejection, to make it 52-52 with 1:16 left in
the third.