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Recap: Sun outlast Sparks in last-minute push to win at home, 89-77

The Connecticut Sun improve to 4-1 on the season after holding off a last-minute surge by the Los Angeles Sparks. Connecticut defeated the Sparks, 89-77, at home and split the season series with former teammate Chiney Ogwumike, 1-1.

With Jonquel Jones’ 19 points, the Connecticut Sun won their fourth game of the season as they defeated the Los Angeles Sparks, 89-77.
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The Connecticut Sun (4-1) defeated the Los Angeles Sparks (2-2) at home on Thursday night, 89-77. Despite a double-digit victory, the Sun managed to fend off a last-minute surge by Los Angeles.

Connecticut led this game from start to finish and was up 21 points at one stint during the third quarter. However, the Sparks continued to fight behind Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike. Last night’s win for the Sun spoiled Chiney’s return to Connecticut and tied the season series at 1-1.

Jonquel Jones led with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Jasmine Thomas contributed 17 points and Courtney Williams contributed 15.

Connecticut won by playing smothering defense, attacking the rim and moving the ball. The Sun forced 21 turnovers by the Sparks which helped activate their fast-break offense. Not to mention, Connecticut shot 46.6 percent from the field and out-rebounded Los Angeles, 38-25.

The Ogwumikes fought hard all night and brought their team to within four points after trailing by double digits. But the Sun’s starting offense was too much to overcome, which closed the game at the free-throw line.

Next up for the Sun

The Sun will head to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Dream at the State Farm Arena this Sunday, June 9, at 3:00 p.m. ET. Watch the game on League Pass, WSB NOW and WTIC.

Next up for the Sparks

The Sparks will hit the road to play the Minnesota Lynx this Saturday, June 8, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch the game on ABC.