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Lavender gets 9th double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds; Sparks beat Mercury 70-65

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LOS ANGELES — had 19 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double, scored 17 and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 70-65 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Los Angeles (3-12) beat Phoenix (9-7) for the first time in the last 10 meetings.

added 10 points for Los Angeles. had nine, including a 3-pointer from the baseline that just beat the shot clock for a 69-65 lead with 1:19 left.

scored 15, had 13 and added 12 for Phoenix.

Toliver and made consecutive 3-pointers, Los Angeles' first two of the game, for a six-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Dupree and Griner scored the next eight Phoenix points to tie it at 62, but the Mercury only made one field goal in the final 5 minutes.

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