LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Sparks were rusty to start the playoffs.
Coming in off an eight-day layoff, they fell behind early before rallying to beat the Phoenix Mercury 79-66 to open defense of their WNBA championship on Tuesday night.
Nneka Ogwumike scored 19 points to lead five starters in double figures in Game 1 of the best-of-5 series.
Candace Parker added 15 points while playing with five fouls. Ogwumike overcame four fouls. Chelsea Gray had 13 points, Odysse…
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