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Sparks drop Liberty, 'over' connects

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kristi Toliver tied her career high with 29 points, going 12 of 17 from the floor, and the Los Angeles Sparks led all the way in defeating the New York Liberty 97-89 on Thursday to improve to 7-0 at home.

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Candace Parker added 20 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 15 points. The Sparks extended their regular-season winning streak at Staples Center to 17 games.

Cappy Pondexter scored 34 points to lead the Liberty, who lost their second straight and fourth in their last five. New York fell to 1-5 on the road. The Sparks' 40 field goals were the most given up by the Liberty this season.

Parker scored the game's first six points in opening up a lead that the Sparks never relinquished. Toliver picked up her offense with 12 points in the second quarter, including eight in a row. The Sparks then ran off 12 straight points to take a 60-37 halftime lead.

Toliver scored 10 of the Sparks' 21 points in the third, when they extended their lead to 81-59. Pondexter had 12 points in the quarter, but the Liberty never got closer than 18.

New York outscored Los Angeles 30-16 in the fourth, but time ran out on the Liberty's late comeback.

The Sparks were coming off a 96-66 win over Minnesota at home on Tuesday and dominated the Liberty through the first three quarters.

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