Lavender, Parker lead Sparks past Fever

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Jantel Lavender scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 74-64 win over the defending-champion Indiana Fever on Thursday night.

Candace Parker added 17 points and six rebounds for Los Angeles (15-7), which won its third straight game.

The Sparks used a 13-0 run to open a 32-13 second-quarter lead at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana (10-11) got within 53-48 in the second half, but got no closer.

Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 17 points, and Erlana Larkins added 11 points, 13 rebounds and six steals.

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