Up next for the Sparks: Sunday at Phoenix


When: 3 p.m. PDT.

Where: US Airways Center.

On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes.

Records: Sparks 9-4, Mercury 8-6.

Record vs. Mercury: 0-1.

Update: The Sparks won on the road for the first time this season Thursday, beating the Tulsa Shock, 94-78. The Sparks are in second place in the Western Conference, one game behind Minnesota going into Saturday's games and 1 1/2 games ahead of the third-place Mercury. The Sparks have won four games in a row. Diana Taurasi is leading the Mercury with 21.4 points, 5.6 assists and 3.9 rebounds a game. Candace Parker leads the Sparks with 17.7 points and 9.1 rebounds. When the teams played June 14 at Phoenix, the Mercury won, 97-81.

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