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Ogwumikes lead Sparks past Wings

Nigerian-American forward Nneka Ogwumike scored 13 of her 22 points in a decisive third quarter to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Dallas Wings 69-64.

Los Angeles trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, then outscored Dallas 24-9 in the third to take its first lead, 52-51. Chelsea Gray highlighted the fourth with a no-look pass in the lane to Ogwumike for a 63-59 lead.

Nigerian-American center Chiney Ogwumike added 12 points, and Gray had 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals for Los Angeles, which does not play again at home until August 1. The Sparks finished 19 of 21 from the free-throw line.

Los Angeles star Candace Parker did not play for a third straight game because of an ankle injury.

The Sparks also are without guard Riquna Williams after she was suspended without pay for 10 games by the WNBA on Tuesday for a domestic violence incident.

Isabelle Harrison had 14 points and nine rebounds for Dallas. The Wings have lost 16 straight games on the road, nine this season, with their win coming on July 12, 2018, against the Sparks.

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