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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lisa Leslie had 28 points to become the WNBA's career scoring leader, and the Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx 78-69 Monday night for their 13th consecutive victory and 11th in a row at home.

Leslie hit an 11-foot turnaround jumper with 8:43 remaining for her 2,538th point, overtaking Houston's Cynthia Cooper, who had 2,537 points before retiring last season. Leslie now has 2,546.

Svetlana Abrosimova scored 27 points to lead the Lynx, who have lost five consecutive and 12 of 14, including six straight on the road.

Minnesota's Katie Smith, who scored a WNBA-record 46 points against the Sparks on July 8, was held to 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting and played most of the second half with four fouls. The Lynx are 1-7 when she scores 20 points or fewer.

The Sparks saw their 16-point lead dwindle to eight at halftime when Smith hit the first of her four field goals at the buzzer.

Minnesota cut its deficit to six points on a basket by Abrosimova with 11:21 remaining. Early in the half, Smith missed two 3-pointers and picked up her fourth foul.

Leslie helped the Sparks rebuild a double-digit lead during a 23-13 run. She had 12 points, including a 3-pointer and three-point play, as Los Angeles lead 78-62 with 2:04 remaining. The Lynx scored the game's final seven points, including Smith's fourth field goal.

Mwadi Mabika had 17 of her 23 points in the first half for the Sparks. She left briefly with a right shoulder bruise in the second half.

Los Angeles starting guard Tamecka Dixon missed the game because of plantar fascitis in her right heel. She is day to day.