Los Angeles Sparks, Atlanta Dream and Minnesota Lynx record wins - WNBA Roundup August 23, 2011

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Los Angeles Sparks, Atlanta Dream and Minnesota Lynx record wins - WNBA Roundup August 23, 2011
Five games took place in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Here is a brief review of the games:
Los Angeles Sparks 86 - Washington Mystics 82
Candace Parker had an impressive all-around game with 19 points, nine rebounds, five assists, five blocks and three steals as Los Angeles Sparks beat Washington Mystics 86-82 in overtime at Verizon Center, handing them their sixth
consecutive defeat.
Tina Thompson recorded a double-double with a game best 10 rebounds and 15 points in the second straight victory for the Sparks. DeLisha Milton had 13 points, five steals and four rebounds while Noelle Quinn came off the bench
with 11 points for Los Angeles.
Washington’s forward Crystal Langhorne scored a game high 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Matee Ajavon added 14 points, four rebounds and two steals while DeMya Walker had 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.
Los Angeles held a 41-37 lead at halftime and pushed their lead to 57-48 at the end of the third quarter. The Mystics scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, limited Sparks to 14 points, and tied the game at 71, sending it into
 Washington held an 80-79 lead with 01:09 to go in O.T. before Sparks went on a 7-2 run to seal the victory.
Atlanta Dream 83 – Chicago Sky 80
At Allstate Arena, Angel McCoughtry led all the scorers with 22 points, including a pair of go-ahead free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining, as Atlanta Dream snapped two-game winning streak of Chicago Sky with an 83-80 victory.
Lindsey Harding contributed 15 points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals in the victory. Erika de Souza posted 13 points and Sancho Lyttle ended with 12 points for Atlanta.
Sylvia Fowles led Sky with 20 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Eshaya Murphy tallied 16 points while Cathrine Kraayeveld had 13 points in the loss.
Dream headed the first half of the game and held a 40-38 lead at intermission. Chicago played an offensive game in the third quarter and trimmed their deficit to one, 61-60, heading into the fourth.
In a tightly contested final period, sky found their way to take an 80-79 lead with six ticks to go in the game. Atlanta then shot 4 for 4 from free throw line and walked away with a close victory.
Minnesota Lynx 78 – Tulsa Shock 72
Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 18 points to help Minnesota Lynx beat the Tulsa Shock 78-72 at BOK Center, handing them league-worse 19th consecutive defeat. It was the third consecutive victory for Minnesota, who have
already qualified for the WNBA playoffs.
Lindsay Whalen recorded 14 points; Monica Wright totalled 13 points while Seimone Augustus posted 12 points in the victory.
Amber Holt led the slumping Tulsa with 18 points and Tiffany Jackson chipped in 13 points. Sheryl Swoopes and Latta each scored 10 points in the loss.
McWilliams-Franklin racked up 10 of her points in the first half as Minnesota carried a 36-34 lead into the locker room. The Lynx outscored Shock 19-16 in the third quarter and widened their lead to five, 55-50. Minnesota maintained
their lead throughout fourth quarter and walked away with 21st victory of this season.



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