Final

Sparks 69

(24-9, 14-2 home)

    3:30 PM ET, August 9, 2006

    Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 10 15 21 1258
    LA 14 16 26 1369

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: K. Lawson 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

    Los Angeles: L. Leslie 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Best of the West: Sparks rip Monarchs, snap skid

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lisa Leslie had 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Sacramento Monarchs 69-58 Wednesday to end a three-game losing streak.

    Mwadi Mabika added 16 points for the Sparks (24-9), who had already clinched the Western Conference regular-season title. Chamique Holdsclaw, who missed the last two games with a foot injury, scored nine points.

    "Just for our confidence, we need to get things going again," Los Angeles coach Joe Bryant said. "If we can go into the playoffs with a few wins and feel good about ourselves, it's really going to make us better."

    Kara Lawson scored a season-high 18 points for the Monarchs (20-12), whose four-game winning streak ended. DeMya Walker added 12 points.

    "If we didn't have Lawson, we would have done worse," Sacramento coach John Whisenant said. "Their defense did a good job getting us out of rhythm. They stopped us inside and that left Kara with some shots."

    The Monarchs started slowly, missing 21 of their first 25 shots, but trailed 32-31 after Scholanda Dorrell hit two free throws with 8:23 remaining in the third quarter. The Sparks responded with an 11-2 surge.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Sacramento Los Angeles
    Points 58 69
    FG Made-Attempted 21-62 (.000) 25-55 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 2-9 (.222)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-15 (.000) 17-19 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-28 4-29
    Assists 14 21
    Turnovers 16 21
    Steals 13 7
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 10 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)