Sparks' Leslie scores 22
in 92-72 win over Utah
Inglewood, Calif. Lisa Leslie matched her season high with 22 points as the Los Angeles Sparks beat Utah 92-72 on Sunday night to extend their winning streak to 12 games.
The winning streak is the second longest in WNBA history behind the Houston Comets' 15-game run in 1998.
DeLisha Milton added 15 points for Los Angeles (16-2).
Utah's Adrienne Goodson scored all 13 of her points in the second half, and Korie Hlede added 11 points for the Starzz (9-10).
Leslie scored 16 points in the first half as the Sparks took a 46-33 lead. Tamecka Dixon scored six points in a 14-1 run that gave Los Angeles a 66-42 lead with 12:32 to play.
Mwadi Mabika, the Sparks' scoring leader, played only five minutes in the second half after spraining her left thumb in the first half. She finished with three points.
Miracle 68, Shock 62
Auburn Hills, Mich. Adrienne Johnson scored 17 points and Taj McWilliams added 11 points and 11 rebounds to help Orlando beat the Detroit Shock 68-62 Sunday, the Miracle's team-record sixth straight victory.
Orlando (13-6) also got 14 points from Shannon Johnson.
Wendy Palmer had 19 points and nine rebounds for Detroit (8-10), which played without its top three guards Dominique Canty, Claudia Maria das Neves and Tamicha Jackson who were all out with leg injuries and then lost forward Olympia Scott-Richardson to an ankle injury late in the game.
Anna DeForge, who didn't even play in several early season games, had to play the whole 40 minutes at point guard for Detroit and the fan favorite finished with six points and six assists.
Detroit used a late 10-0 run to take a 34-28 halftime lead, and they were ahead 52-45 edge with 9:42 to play.
But Orlando scored the next eight points, five from Shannon Johnson, to go up 53-52 with 7:33 left.
The teams traded the lead until jumpers by Elaine Powell and Tiffany Wait gave the Miracle a 59-56 lead with 4:45 to go.
After a jumper by Detroit's Elena Tornikidou jumper, Adrienne Johnson hit a 3-pointer to increase the Orlando margin to four.
The Miracle led 65-59 with 90 seconds left, but a layup by Palmer and a free throw by Astou Ndiaye-Diatta pulled Detroit within three with 25 seconds to go.
Adrienne Johnson made one of two free throws, and after Palmer missed, Carla McGhee made two free throws to clinch the game.
Tornikidou added 13 points for the Shock.
Comets 70, Lynx 60
Minneapolis Sheryl Swoopes scored 19 points and Cynthia Cooper had 17 as the three-time defending WNBA champion Houston Comets beat the Minnesota Lynx 70-60 on Sunday night.
Janeth Arcain added 12 points and Tina Thompson had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help Houston extend its winning streak to nine games and improve its league-best record to 18-2.
Cooper, the two-time league MVP who plans to retire at the end of the season, also had seven assists.
Minnesota's Katie Smith, second to Swoopes in the league scoring race, led the Lynx (10-8) with 18 points.
Miracle 68, Shock 62
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Adrienne Johnson scored 17 points and Taj McWilliams had 11 points and 11 rebounds in Orlando's team-record sixth straight victory.
Shannon Johnson added 14 points for the Miracle (13-6). Wendy Palmer had 19 points and nine rebounds for Detroit (8-10).