Silver Stars @ Sparks
August 23, 2012
Staples Center // Los Angeles

Los Angeles Sparks (18-6)
SA Silver Stars (16-6)

K. Toliver
Points: 29
Ast: 6
3 Pt: 6-7
D. Robinson
Points: 22
Ast: 4
FG: 10-14

Stars Win Streak Snapped in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kristi Toliver matched career highs with 29 points and six 3-pointers made, Alana Beard added 21 points and the Los Angeles Sparks beat San Antonio 101-77 Thursday night for their eight straight victory and ending the Silver Stars' 12-game winning streak.

DeLisha Milton-Jones had 14 points as the Sparks (18-6) got their longest win streak since an eight-game run June 2006. Los Angeles, which improved to 11-1 at Staples Center, had lost the first three meetings against San Antonio - including its only home defeat on June 24.

Danielle Robinson had a season-high 22 points to lead the Silver Stars (16-6) and Shenise Johnson had 15. Leading scorers Sophia Young and Becky Hammon combined for 14 points as neither played much late in the blowout.

Los Angeles shot a season-high 57 percent from the field and matched a season-best with 10 3-pointers. The Sparks also moved one game behind defending champion Minnesota for first place in the Western Conference.

Toliver made three 3-pointers in a 62-second stretch late in the third quarter to give the Sparks their biggest lead at 87-53. Los Angeles shot nearly 59 percent in the first three quarters.

San Antonio never got closer than 23 points the rest of the way.

Toliver and Beard each scored 16 points in the first half and went a combined 5 for 5 on 3s as the Sparks took a 59-35 lead into halftime, setting a franchise record for points in the first half.

Beard scored 11 points in the second quarter and helped Los Angeles maintain at least an 18-point lead over the final 6 minutes of the first half. Toliver converted a left-handed layup on a pretty give-and-go play with Jantel Lavender before Ebony Hoffman sank a 3-pointer for the 24-point halftime lead.

Toliver made three 3s in the last 2:16 of the first quarter, the last of which gave the Sparks a 29-17 lead going into the second quarter. The Sparks forced the Silver Stars into five turnovers and four fouls in the first 10 minutes.

Los Angeles' previous record for points in the first half was 55 at Connecticut on May 24, 2003, and against Utah on Aug.4, 2002.