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Parker's back and helping Sparks turnaround season

Candace Parker knew it was time to come back to the WNBA when her daughter Lailaa asked why she wasn't playing with the Sparks any more. "She didn't understand that I was taking some time off," Parker said. "She said she wanted me to play for them." So Parker, who sat out the first half of the season to rest mentally and physically, returned to Los Angeles after the All-Star break. The Sparks have won four of six since the two-time league MVP came back. Los Angeles has moved into fourth place in the Western Conference with Parker in the fold. She's averaging 16.3 points, 10 rebounds and 5.8 assists. Despite playing her whole career in Los Angeles,...