WNBA: Sparks slip past Mercury for 3rd straight victory

Nneka Ogwumike had 23 points and nine rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 78-75 on Monday night. Los Angeles (10-11) has won three straight, including an 84-74 victory over New York on Sunday.

Liz Cambage added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Sparks. Jordin Canada made two free throws with 35.3 seconds left to give Los Angeles a two-possession lead. Diana Taurasi made two free throws at the other end to cut the lead to 75-77.

Ogwumike had a baseline jumper roll out with 9.6 seconds left and Taurasi failed to hit the rim on a 3-point try for Phoenix. Ogwumike grabbed the rebound and made 1 of 2 free throws for a three-point lead.

Skylar Diggins-Smith was off the mark from mid-court in the buzzer. Lexie Brown added 14 points, and Canada and Katie Lou Samuelson each added 10 points for Los Angeles Sparks. Diggins-Smith led Phoenix (9-14) with 22 points.

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