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Associated Press, Published June 22 2013

Los Angeles Sparks derail Lynx late Friday

LOS ANGELES – Kristi Toliver scored 19 points, Nneka Ogwumike had 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx 87-59 late Friday night.

Toliver made four of six 3-point attempts and Ogwumike went 9-for-11 from the field to lead the Sparks (4-2) to a rout of the defending Western Conference champion Lynx (5-2).

Lindsey Harding returned to the lineup from an eye injury and scored 13 points, and Candace Parker had five points and eight rebounds in fewer than 18 minutes. Jantel Lavender scored 16 points in a reserve role.

Monica Wright scored 14 points to lead Minnesota, which removed all of its starters early in the second half. The Lynx saw its three-game winning streak snapped and three-game road trip end with a thud.

Minnesota 12 12 19 16 – 59

Los Angeles 26 24 19 18 – 87

MINNESOTA (59): M.Moore 1-6 0-0 2, Brunson 0-3 0-0 0, McCarville 2-4 3-3 7, Augustus 3-8 0-1 6, Whalen 1-4 0-0 2, Harris 1-8 2-2 4, Wright 5-9 4-8 14, Jarry 1-2 3-4 5, Peters 2-3 0-0 4, Rodgers 4-12 0-1 10, L.Moore 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 22-63 13-21 59.

LOS ANGELES (87): Beard 1-6 2-2 4, Ogwumike 9-11 0-1 18, Parker 2-6 1-2 5, Toliver 7-13 1-2 19, Harding 5-8 3-5 13, Coleman 1-6 3-4 5, Lavender 7-12 2-2 16, Hoffman 1-2 0-0 2, Abdi 1-3 0-0 2, Mathies 1-4 1-2 3, O’Hea 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-73 13-20 87.

3-Point Goals–Minnesota 2-14 (Rodgers 2-6, Wright 0-1, M.Moore 0-3, Harris 0-4), Los Angeles 4-9 (Toliver 4-6, O’Hea 0-1, Coleman 0-2). Fouled Out–Hoffman. Rebounds–Minnesota 39 (Rodgers 6), Los Angeles 55 (Ogwumike, Parker, Lavender 8). Assists–Minnesota 10 (Wright, Harris 3), Los Angeles 22 (Ogwumike 5). Total Fouls–Minnesota 16, Los Angeles 23. Technicals–Lavender. Flagrant Fouls–M.Moore. A–6,490 (12,947).