Sparks 80, Monarchs 78
Jul. 25, 2001
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Mwadi Mabika scored 18 points as the Los Angeles Sparks overcame the loss of Lisa Leslie to beat Sacramento 80-78 on Wednesday for their 11th straight victory.
Latasha Byears, starting at center in place of Leslie, had 15 points and 16 rebounds to help the Sparks (20-3) move within one victory of the franchise-record streak and improve to 10-0 at Staples Center this season.
Los Angeles extended its home winning streak to 16 games. The Sparks share the league-record for consecutive home victories with Cleveland, which beat Miami 52-48 in overtime Wednesday for its 16th straight home win.
Ukari Figgs and DeLisha Milton each added 15 points for the Sparks.
Leslie hyperextended her right knee Sunday against Seattle, and might return to action Saturday night in Portland.
Kedra Holland-Corn led Sacramento (13-10) with 21 points, including five 3-point baskets. Yolanda Griffith had 17 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with 32.3 seconds left.
Playing before a crowd of 11,819 _ their largest at home since the first game in franchise history four years ago _ the Sparks took the lead for good with eight minutes left when Figgs began a 10-0 run with a layup.
The crowd was increased by youngsters from approximately 80 camps for the team's first weekday afternoon game. Some of the tickets were purchased by businesses, while some camps purchased the tickets at a reduced group rate. The team record crowd is 14,284 at the Forum on June 21, 1997.