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Candace Parker, Jantel Lavender have double-doubles; Sparks beat Mercury 78-68

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PHOENIX — Candace Parker had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and added 15 points and 11 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 78-68 on Friday night for their third road victory.

Los Angeles had a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Mercury went on a 10-2 run to cut it to 63-57. Phoenix got to 69-66 with 2:11 left, but made three free throws and, after a Mercury turnover, Parker made a fast-break layup for a 74-66 lead.

added 17 points for Los Angeles (9-17). missed her second straight game with concussion-like symptoms.

scored 20 points, added 15 and 13 for Phoenix (15-11). The Mercury clinched a playoff spot after San Antonio's loss to Minnesota.

Before the game, Phoenix presented Los Angeles' her 2014 WNBA championship ring. She signed with the Sparks during the offseason.

PHOTO: Phoenix Mercury's Mistie Bass pressures Los Angeles Sparks' Jantel Lavender during a WNBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Phoenix. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
Phoenix Mercury's Mistie Bass pressures Los Angeles Sparks' Jantel Lavender during a WNBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Phoenix. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

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PHOTO: Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello, right, yells at Brittney Griner during a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Phoenix. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
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