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Maya Moore's 20 points power Western Conference-leading Lynx past Beard-less Sparks, 72-64

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MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore scored 20 points, Sylvia Fowles added 15 and nine rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 72-64 on Sunday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

The Sparks were without four-time WNBA All-Star , who played just 8 minutes before leaving the game with a pulled quadriceps. Beard was sidelined two games into the season by plantar fasciitis and returned after the All-Star Game along with two-time MVP Candace Parker.

With Parker and Beard in the lineup, Los Angeles had won four straight games, including an 83-61 win over the Lynx — Minnesota's worst loss of the season.

led the Sparks with 18 points.

Renee Montgomery's driving layup capped a run of 13 straight points in the first quarter to give Minnesota a 20-6 lead and the Lynx held a 37-32 lead at halftime.

Los Angeles (7-15) battled back and 's fourth 3-pointer of the game pulled the Sparks within one with 4:58 left, but Minnesota (16-6) answered with six straight points to push its lead to 65-58.

The Western Conference-leading Lynx lost back-to-back games at Los Angeles and Phoenix before coming home for the rematch with the Sparks. Minnesota is 9-2 at home and holds a two-game lead over second-place Phoenix in the conference standings.

PHOTO: Minnesota Lynx forward Devereaux Peters, center, shares a moment with teammates center Sylvia Fowles, left, and forward Maya Moore, right, during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Lynx won 72- 64. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
Minnesota Lynx forward Devereaux Peters, center, shares a moment with teammates center Sylvia Fowles, left, and forward Maya Moore, right, during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Lynx won 72- 64. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

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PHOTO: Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (34) protects the ball against the Los Angeles Sparks center Jantel Lavender, left, and guard Ana Dabovic, right, during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Lynx won 72- 64. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
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