Shorthanded Mercury drop 4th straight game

Aug 23, 2023, 9:54 PM

A close up of a WNBA game ball before the game between the Phoenix Mercury and the Atlanta Dream at...

A close up of a WNBA game ball before the game between the Phoenix Mercury and the Atlanta Dream at Footprint Center on August 03, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Dream 91-71. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Azura Stevens had 20 points and nine rebounds, Karlie Samuelson scored a career-high 15 points and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 91-62 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.

Jordin Canada and Zia Cooke each added 11 points for Los Angeles (14-18), which shot a season-high 54% from the field.

Phoenix (9-24), which has lost four straight games, was without stars Brittney Griner (health and safety protocol) and Diana Taurasi (left toe).

Los Angeles scored 14 of the final 15 points of the first quarter to take a 30-15 lead. The Sparks were ahead 44-30 at halftime behind 14 points from Stevens.

Samuelson made a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter to give Los Angeles a 60-38 lead.

Sophie Cunningham led the Mercury with 16 points. Megan Gustafson had 14 points and eight rebounds and Liz Dixon scored 12.

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