Nneka Ogwumike fires 22 as Sparks survive Shock

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Tulsa, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points while Kristi Toliver and Candace Parker scored five points each in overtime to propel the Los Angeles Sparks past Tulsa Shock, 92-89 Saturday at BOK Center.

Jantel Lavender had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Parker finished with 15 points and Toliver had 12.

Sandrine Gruda scored six as the Sparks took a 23-13 lead at the end of the first.

The Sparks pushed their lead to 34-21 at 5:41 of the second following back-to-back baskets by Nneka Ogwumike.

Lavender then fired the Sparks last five points in the second as they took a 47-32 at halftime.

Then Skylar Diggins scored eight as the Shock ambushed the Sparks with a 21-6 run in the third to tie the game at 53 with 3:25 left in the quarter.

With Jordan Hopper scoring four, the Shock started the fourth with a 6-3 run that allowed them to take the lead for almost the rest of the fourth.

But Lindsey Harding and Lavender hit back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 80 and extend it to overtime.

Toliver made two free throws and then hit a 3-pointer to give the Sparks the lead for good, 87-85, with 1:21 left in the extra period.

A 3-pointer by Diggins allowed the Shock to close in at 90-88 with 18 seeconds left, but free throws by Parker and Garuda secured the Sparks victory.

Diggins scored 29 points to lead the Shock (6-8). Rookie Odyssey Sims had 17 points and 10 assists while Courtney Paris had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

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