Dream 63

(8-9, 3-5 away)

Sparks 79

(13-6, 9-1 home)

    8:30 PM ET, July 8, 2012

    Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

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    ATL 19 17 14 1363
    LA 24 20 21 1479

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: A. Henry 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl

    Los Angeles: C. Parker 14 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Dream-Sparks Preview


    The Atlanta Dream played without league-leading scorer Angel McCoughtry in their last contest, but Sancho Lyttle proved they're not just a one-woman team.

    Kristi Toliver, meanwhile, is making it clear that there's more to the Los Angeles Sparks than just Candace Parker.

    Atlanta seeks a seventh consecutive victory over Los Angeles when the teams meet Sunday night at Staples Center.

    The Dream, in the midst of an eight-game road trip, have won four of five overall after Saturday's 100-93 double-overtime victory in Phoenix. McCoughtry, who averages 22.6 points, did not play, but Lyttle picked up the slack.

    She scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Atlanta (8-8), which overcame a 17-point deficit with a 24-3 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters, then finally took control in the second overtime.

    Rookie Tiffany Hayes added a career-high 23 points.

    It's unclear if McCoughtry -- who is preparing for the Olympics and has also battled knee problems this season -- will play Sunday when the Dream look to extend their six-game winning streak over the Sparks, who have won two straight overall thanks in large part to Toliver.

    The guard didn't attempt a shot in 17 minutes of a loss to San Antonio on June 28, but she bounced back to score a career-high 29 points while shooting 8 for 13 -- including hitting all of her six 3-point attempts -- in Thursday's 96-90 victory over Minnesota.

    Toliver led the charge for Los Angeles again Saturday, scoring a game-high 23 points and hitting 9 of 14 shots from the field in an 83-59 rout of Seattle as the Sparks (12-6) improved to 8-1 at home.

    Parker, who will join McCoughtry representing Team USA at the London Olympics and is averaging a team-high 19.1 points, had 17 and 14 rebounds against the Storm, while rookie Nneka Ogwumike finished with 13 points.

    "People have some good nights, some off nights, but if we can stay consistent and we have contributors like that and if we can maintain that tempo throughout the game, I think we have the advantage every time," Ogwumike said.

    McCoughtry scored 31 points to lead Atlanta to a 92-59 rout of Los Angeles on June 15. Ogwumike finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Sparks in that loss, while Parker shot 3 for 8 and was held to nine points by the Dream.

    The Sparks haven't defeated the Dream since a 91-87 victory in Atlanta on Aug. 23, 2009.