LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (Ticker) -- Mwadi Mabika scored 24 points and Lisa Leslie added 16 as the Los Angeles Sparks avoided elimination with a 79-54 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

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The Sparks lost Friday's opener and were on the verge of being knocked out of the playoffs for the first time since 2000. But they responded with a rout of the Monarchs, who were trying to become the fourth different Western Conference team to reach the WNBA Finals.

"It was tough game," Monarchs rookie guard Kara Lawson said. "I think the Sparks responded like the team they are. They were hitting everything in the first half."

Los Angeles never trailed after scoring nine of the first 11 points. Mabika had 14 points in the first half as the Sparks jumped out to a 46-26 cushion.

"I was feeling good today," she said. "My teammates kept getting me the ball and I was able to hit some shots."

Sacramento got no closer than 16 in the final 20 minutes and lost for the second time in three road playoff games.

Mabika made 10-of-18 shots, Leslie was 8-of-14 and Tamecka Dixon scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Sparks, who shot 48 percent (31-of-64) from the field.

Los Angeles guard Nikki Teasley flirted with a triple-double, collecting seven points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. The Sparks dished out 26 assists compared to just 15 for the Monarchs.

Two-time defending champion Los Angeles has won all three of its postseason home games.

Tangela Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Yolanda Griffith scored 10 of her 12 points from the free-throw line for the Monarchs. Point guard Ticha Penicheiro left midway through the first half with a bruised rib and did not return.

Sacramento shot just 30 percent (18-of-60) from the floor and committed 17 turnovers leading to 21 points for Los Angeles.

Game 3 will be played at STAPLES Center on Monday, with the winner advancing to face the Detroit Shock in the WNBA Finals.