Los Angeles Sparks

Candace Parker helps Sparks beat Mercury 86-72 in Game 2

Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker needed a lot of ice to get her ankle ready for Thursday night.

And yet, it's the Phoenix Mercury at risk of getting frozen out.

Parker had 24 points and 13 rebounds — showing no effects of an injury — to help Los Angeles beat Phoenix 86-72 in Game 2 of a WNBA semifinal series.

The defending champion Sparks have won nine straight games and can sweep the best-of-five series Sunday in Arizona after taking a commanding 2-0 lead.

Parker, who played a game-high 36:59 minutes, sustained the injury in warmups before the Sparks' Game 1 victory. But she played in that game and returned to her usually dominant form in Game...