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Sparks run past Shock, 94-78

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Candace Parker scored a season-high 30 points and Kristi Toliver added 25 as the Los Angeles Sparks won their fourth consecutive game with a 94-78 romp over the Tulsa Shock on Thursday night.

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The win was the first on the road this season for Los Angeles (9-4), which had dropped its first four games away from Staples Center. It was also the Sparks' third win by 16 or more points in their last four outings.

Tulsa (3-12) dropped its fifth straight game and saw its modest two-game homecourt winning streak snapped. Rookie Skylar Diggins paced the Shock with 19 points, including 11 in the first half.

The Sparks used a 9-2 first-quarter run to jump to a 22-10 advantage at the end of the period and would not relinquish the lead. Toliver accounted for 12 of Los Angeles' first 18 points to pace the Sparks' offense early.

Los Angeles would lead by as many as 21 points in the first half, with Ebony Hoffman's jumper forcing a Tulsa timeout with 4:43 to play before intermission and the Sparks holding a 38-17 edge.

Parker would score her final basket of the night on a layup midway through the fourth quarter to increase Los Angeles' lead to 91-69. She finished 14 of 20 from the floor.

Tulsa's Tiffany Jackson-Jones made her first appearance since 2011. She missed last season while pregnant with her first child. After participating in this preseason, Jackson-Jones missed the first 14 games with a stress fracture in her right tibia. She finished with nine points.

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