Sparks 75, Mercury 61
Jul. 12, 2001
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PHOENIX (AP) _ Lisa Leslie had 15 points, eight rebounds and five of Los Angeles' WNBA-record 13 blocked shots as the Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-61 Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory.
Ukari Figgs scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half, Tamecka Dixon added 14 and DeLisha Milton had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Sparks.
Los Angeles (16-3) has won nine straight against Phoenix, including playoff games.
Jennifer Gillom had 15 points for the Mercury, and Maria Stepanova scored 12.
But the Mercury, trying to avenge a 73-50 defeat in Los Angeles on July 5, trailed 31-22 at halftime and never got closer after Dixon hit a baseline jumper to start the second half.
Figgs made one of her four 3-pointers with 11:02 to play, giving the Sparks a 55-40 lead, and gave her team its biggest lead, 60-42, with another 3 with 8:30 to go.
The Mercury (6-11) had an 11-6 lead after Lisa Harrison's jumper 4:04 into the game, but then went 9 1/2 minutes without a field goal.
The Sparks took advantage with a 21-2 run and moved ahead 27-13 with 7:53 left in the first half. Leslie had only two baskets during the surge, but her 3-pointer at the 11:57 mark broke a 13-all tie, and Los Angeles never trailed again.