SEATTLE – Lauren Jackson had 32 points and eight rebounds as the Seattle Storm withstood a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 69-67, Friday night.
Sue Bird scored 15, and Wright had eight points and eight rebounds for Seattle (6-2), which won its third consecutive game and opened a half-game lead on Phoenix in the WNBA’s Western Conference.
Tina Thompson scored 20 points, and Marie Ferdinand-Harris and DeLisha Milton-Jones had 10 apiece for Los Angeles (2-5). The Sparks dropped to 0-5 on the road.
Los Angeles rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit to tie the game twice in the fourth quarter, including 61-61 on a basket by Ferdinand-Harris with 3:40 remaining.
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But Jackson responded with her third 3-pointer of the game and an inside basket to push Seattle into a 66-61 lead.
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