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Parker, Sparks smash Stars by 31

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From the beginning, it was clear that the Los Angeles Sparks wanted to send a statement. And they did, as the Sparks controlled the game from the outset, beating the Stars by 31.

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The Los Angeles Sparks train just keeps on rolling and on Sunday night, it sped through San Antonio and never hit the brakes.

In fact, the train had barely left the station before the Sparks' first quarter lead ballooned to 15 points, and the San Antonio Stars had no way to stop it. Candace Parker, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds in three-quarters of work, had 11 points in the first quarter alone and led her team to their fourth straight road victory. The remarkably consistent Jantel Lavender led all scorers with 22 points and went 9-11 from the field.

But perhaps most impressive in tonight's win was how dynamic Los Angeles played on the offensive side of the ball. They looked to push constantly, players were always cutting to create open looks, and it was the extra pass that simply overwhelmed the Stars.

The Sparks finished with 28 team assists, 9 of which came from Parker, including a touchdown pass the length of the floor she threw to a streaking Ana Dabovic with 1:34 left in the third quarter.

The Sparks' road trip rolls on Wednesday when they'll face the Indiana Fever and concludes Friday against the Tulsa Shock.