Leslie, Parker Power Sparks Past Lynx

Sparks 92, Lynx 84 (F - OT)
Take a look at highlights from Los Angeles' extra session win at Minnesota, featuring strong efforts from Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker.
Los Angeles 92, Minnesota 84 (OT)

MINNEAPOLIS, July 27 (AP) - Lisa Leslie scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 92-84 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

Leslie and rookie Candace Parker each finished with 23 points for the Sparks, in a game that featured one third of the U.S. Olympic roster.

"To finish and get one is great, and obviously it is a good feeling for the girls that don't have to practice for three weeks,'' Leslie said.

Seimone Augustus - who will join Leslie, Parker and DeLisha Milton-Jones on Team USA - had 29 points for the Lynx (13-13), who missed all six of their shots in overtime. The 24-year-old Augustus also became the second-fastest WNBA player to reach 2,000 points, needing only 93 games to reach the milestone. Cynthia Cooper needed 90 games to reach the mark in 2000.

Charde Houston, listed as doubtful before the game with an injured left knee, came off the bench to add 15 points for the Lynx.

"Once you're out there, it's kinda like you're injured, but you don't want to show your opponent that you are,'' said Houston, who limped with an ice pack on her knee after the game.

Lindsey Harding went 1-for-2 from the line with 1:49 left in the half to tie the game at 84. With the clock ticking down, Augustus missed from the perimeter, giving the Sparks one last chance to win the game in regulation, but Parker couldn't inbound the ball with .7 seconds left and the game went to overtime.

Los Angeles outscored Minnesota 7-0 in the extra period as Augustus missed some crucial jumpshots and a layup.

After the game, both teams stayed on the court for a celebratory send-off for Augustus, Leslie, Parker and Milton-Jones.

"They're my teammates for the next 27 days, or whatever it is,'' said Augustus, sporting a Team USA sweatshirt at her locker after the game. "We're going to have fun over there.''

After the game, both teams stayed on the court for a celebratory send-off for Augustus, Leslie, Parker and Milton-Jones. The future teammates didn't go easy on each other earlier on, though, in a game that saw plenty of elbows and rough inside play as the contest wore on.

"It does a lot for our confidence going into the break,'' Parker said. "We are not playing for another month, so to have this win boosts our confidence and obviously we didn't want to leave here without a win.''

The Sparks were back to full strength after last week's brawl with the Detroit Shock led to five player suspensions. Shannon Bobbitt and Murriel Page were back in the lineup for Los Angeles after receiving two-game suspensions.

Augustus scored her 2,000th career point with five minutes left in the third quarter.

The Lynx played their second game without second-leading scorer Candice Wiggins, who bruised her lower back when she fell in Thursday's game against Indiana.

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