Atlanta Dream Pinched by LA Spark

ATLANTA (AP) _ Lisa Leslie had 14 points and 10 rebounds and
Candace Parker followed up her record-breaking rookie debut with 12
points to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 74-56 victory over the
Atlanta Dream Sunday.
Parker, who set a WNBA record with 34 points against the Phoenix
Mercury in her first game, also had seven rebounds and six assists.
DeLisha Milton-Jones had 15 points for the Sparks.
Iziane Castro Marques scored 15 of her 17 points in the second
half to lead the Dream, who never led and fell to 0-3. A layup by
Marques cut Los Angeles' lead to 49-35 with 3:28 left in the third
But the Sparks answered with a 14-5 run, capped by Kiesha
Brown's 3-pointer to give Los Angeles a 63-40 lead early in the
fourth quarter. Atlanta, which shot 29 percent from the field,
could draw no closer than 14 points.
Parker scored on a hook shot then drove past Chioma Nnamaka for
another layup with 24 seconds left in the second quarter to give
the Sparks a 41-20 lead. Parker had 10 points, four rebounds and
three assists in the first half.
Erika DeSouza had 11 points and six rebounds for Atlanta. Betty
Lennox, who scored 21 points in the Dream's last game against the
Detriot Shock, scored only four.
Marie Ferdinand-Harris scored 12 points for the Sparks (2-0).

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