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Recap: Sparks finish fourth strong, stay alive in playoff race

The Los Angeles Sparks went on a key 15-6 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the Atlanta Dream. Nneka Ogwumike had 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Los Angeles Sparks v Atlanta Dream
Nneka Ogwumike (with ball) leads the Sparks with 14.3 points per game.
Photo by Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images

A 74-68 win over the Atlanta Dream on Thursday night at Gateway Center Arena in College Park, Ga. that saw Nneka Ogwumike post 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals kept the Los Angeles Sparks alive in the WNBA playoff race. They still need to win their final game, which is against the Dallas Wings on Sunday, and see the Washington Mystics lose their two remaining games to get in.

The Dream (8-23) led by a much as seven in the first quarter and came back from down nine to take a four-quarter lead, but LA went on a 15-6 run to lead by eight with 50 seconds to go.

Tiffany Hayes dropped 25 points in defeat.

Brittney Sykes paced the Sparks (12-19) with 17 points to go along with three assists and two steals while Nia Coffey nearly had a double-double with 10 points and nine boards. Te’a Cooper added 14 points to the winning cause.