Final

Lynx 58

(14-14, 6-7 away)

Sparks 82

(18-12, 11-4 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    10:30 PM ET, September 1, 2008

    Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 22 15 11 1058
    LA 16 21 25 2082

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: N. Anosike 11 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Los Angeles: C. Parker 24 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Parker scores 24, Leslie 20 as Sparks roll over Lynx

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES -- Candace Parker had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Lisa Leslie added 20 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks as the Los Angeles Sparks routed the Minnesota Lynx 82-58 on Monday night.

    DeLisha Milton-Jones added a season-best 10 rebounds for the Sparks (18-12), who won their fourth consecutive game and moved within 1½ games of first-place San Antonio in the Western Conference.

    "We became more of a web on the defensive end," Milton-Jones said. "The coaches really emphasized defense in the practices [during the Olympic break] and the players who were here improved drastically."

    Seimone Augustus scored 13 points and Nicky Anosike had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Lynx (14-14), who shot 33 percent in recording a season low in points.

    "We just got annihilated on the boards," said Lynx coach Don Zierden, whose team was outrebounded 47-29. "You can't win games when you get beaten by that much of a discrepancy."

    The Sparks blocked 12 shots and have 30 blocks in their past three games.

    "We've got the best three bigs as far as shot blocking in the league," Los Angeles coach Michael Cooper said of Leslie, Parker and Milton-Jones.

    "There's not a team in the league that wouldn't like that frontline," Zierden said. "When you've got three great, long future Hall of Famers like that, that's a pretty good defense."

    And it should get tougher for opponents as 7-foot-2 Margo Dydek, the WNBA's all-time leader in blocked shots, is expected to join the Sparks for their next game in San Antonio on Friday. Dydek signed Aug. 27.

    Minnesota began the second half with a 6-0 run to take a 43-37 lead, but Los Angeles used a 29-5 run to go ahead 66-48 with 9:07 to play. Parker scored nine points and Leslie added six during the surge.

    The Lynx scored three points and failed to make a field goal during an 8-minute stretch in the third quarter. They later managed just three free throws in a span of 5:44 in the fourth quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Minnesota Los Angeles
    Points 58 82
    FG Made-Attempted 23-70 (.000) 30-64 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 1-12 (.083) 5-20 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-15 (.000) 17-22 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-29 11-47
    Assists 14 23
    Turnovers 13 16
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 1 12
    Fast Break Points 6 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 20 (2/0)