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Mystics Extinguish Sparks 81-52

Aerial Atkins scored a game-high 22 points, including five 3-pointers, o lead the visiting Washington Mystics to a 81-52 victory in front of over 9,500 fans at Staples Center.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Washington and brought them to 5-3 on the season.

The game also marked the return of former MVP Candace Parker to the L.A. lineup. Parker struggled, scoring only three points in her nearly 25 minutes of playing time.

For the Mystics, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had a career-high 17 points, while Kristi Toliver added 12 and nine assists. Elena Delle Donne put in 9 points and was a monster on the boards, pulling down 15 rebounds.

The game was a lopsided affair from the start. Washington jumped out to a quick 20-3 lead before finishing the first quarter with a 24-10 lead. The second quarter was more of the same and the Mystics entered halftime with a 48-27 lead.

Sydney Wiese and Nneka Ogwumkie led L.A. with 12 points each, and were the only Sparks players in double figures. The loss drops L.A. to 4-4 on the season.

Telling stats:
– Mystics finished 13-28 from three-point range (46.4%), while L.A. shot 3-19 from the three-point line (15.8%)
– The Sparks turned the ball over 26 times
– The Mystics had 20 steals

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