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Lavender scores 20 points, Parker adds 17 and blocks late shot to help Sparks top Stars, 80-78

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SAN ANTONIO — scored 20 points, and Candace Parker blocked a potential tying shot in the final seconds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the San Antonio Stars 80-78 on Sunday.

The Sparks overcame a 13-point deficit. scored five points and Lavender added four during a 9-0 run that gave Los Angeles (5-14) a 78-71 lead with 3:02 left.

's driving layup with 40 seconds remaining pulled San Antonio (6-14) to 80-78 but, after getting a stop on other end, the Stars came up short when Parker blocked ' shot in the final seconds.

Parker finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. added 15 points and seven assists, Dabovic scored 13 points and had 10 for Los Angeles, which is 2-1 with Parker in the lineup and now sits a half-game out of the playoff race.

Perkins led San Antonio with 24 points.

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