Los Angeles 86, Detroit 78
Mabika Sparks L.A. Past Shock in Home Opener
LOS ANGELES, June 7 (Ticker) -- Mwadi Mabika gave the Los Angeles Sparks a blast from the past in their home opener.
Mabika scored a season-high 24 points and Lisa Leslie added 22 and 11 rebounds to lead the Sparks to an 86-78 triumph over the Detroit Shock.
Leslie shot 9-of-19 but dished out a season-high five assists and also blocked three shots. Temeka Johnson added a season-high 19 points and six assists while reserve Chamique Holdsclaw scored 13 in her season debut for the Sparks, who snapped a two-game skid.
Detroit trailed by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter but drew within 79-75 on Swin Cash's layup with 1:37 remaining. But the Sparks held on down the stretch to extend their home winning streak against the Shock to six games.
Ruth Riley scored 19 points and Cash added 15 for Detroit, which fell to 1-2 on its four-game road trip.