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Johnson,Thompson lead Storm past Sparks

Johnson,Thompson lead Storm past Sparks

SEATTLE (AP) — Temeka Johnson scored nine of her 18 points during a key eight-minute stretch in the second half and the Seattle Storm beat the Los Angeles Sparks 77-57 on Tuesday night.

Tina Thompson added 17 points as the Storm (12-13) outscored the Sparks 14-4 in the fourth quarter.

Nneka Ogwumike had a team-high 12 points for the Sparks (18-8), who snapped a six-game winning streak and finished with a season-low scoring total. Alana Beard and Lindsey Harding scored 10 points each for the Sparks, and Candace Parker finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Seattle lost starting forward Shekinna Stricklen to an Achilles injury midway through the second quarter.

Los Angeles scored just 20 points in the second half while shooting just 29 percent from the field. For the game, the Sparks shot 23 of 61 (38 percent).

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