10:30 PM ET, September 20, 2012
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike record double-doubles in Sparks' rout
LOS ANGELES -- Candace Parker is ready to make a run in the playoffs, if the Los Angeles Sparks can shed their inconsistency.Parker and rookie Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and 11 rebounds each, and the Sparks tuned up for the postseason with a 92-76 victory over the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx on Thursday night."We knew this was a team we'd possibly have to go through to win a championship, so everybody laid it out on the court," Parker said. "We wanted to wrap it up and make a statement."Alana Beard added 13 points and Kristi Toliver had 10 points and eight assists for the Sparks (24-10), who ended the regular season with their fourth straight win while splitting the four-game season series with the Lynx in front of Clippers teammates Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. It was the biggest margin of victory by either team in their meetings this season."In spurts we were the best team in the league and in spurts we were the worst," Parker said in summing up the regular season. "In the playoffs, hopefully we'll be the best."
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks handles the ball during the game...(Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)
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