Lisa Leslie scored 18 points in just 19 minutes to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 91-81 victory over the Detroit Shock last night in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Leslie, averaging 30 points a game against the Shock, struggled with foul trouble all night, but was unstoppable when she was on the floor. Reserve Gordana Grubin added 14 for Los Angeles, and Mwadi Mabika had 13.
Sandy Brondello led the Shock with 21, and reserve Korie Hlede added 17. Dominique Canty had 14 despite missing her first nine field goal attempts.
The Sparks (7-4) are 1-3 all-time against Detroit. The Shock (5-5) are 0-4 against the Western Conference in 1999.
Los Angeles was without rookie guard Ukari Figgs, who sprained her ankle in Thursday's double-overtime win in Minnesota.
Detroit took a 13-4 lead behind 11 points from Brondello in the first 3 minutes 16 seconds.
Los Angeles, though, came right back, and after 10 lead changes, the Shock held a 43-42 lead at the half.
STARZZ 83, ROCKERS 68: Margo Dydek scored a season-high 20 points and added nine rebounds and six blocked shots to lead host Utah to a victory over struggling Cleveland.
It was the first victory for Coach Fred Williams since he replaced Frank Layden on June 21.
Dydek keyed a 10-0 run early in the second half with six points, a steal and a block as Utah expanded a 48-43 lead to a 15-point margin. Cleveland (2-9), winless in five road games, got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
The Starzz (3-6) eventually pushed the lead to 83-64 in snapping a four-game losing streak.