Sparks rally but can’t catch Storm, lose 4th in a row – Press Enterprise

SEATTLE — The Sparks came close to ending their losing streak in spectacular fashion, but just missed out.

Breanna Stewart scored 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting and the Seattle Storm held on for an 83-80 win over the Sparks on Friday night, handing the Sparks their fourth straight loss after Nneka Ogwumike missed a peek on a potential tying corner. 3 points when the time has expired.

Ezi Magbegor had nine points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals for Seattle (3-3). Jewell Loyd added 11 points and hit double digits in 155 games since 2016 – the most in the WNBA during that streak.

Stephanie Talbot hit a 3-pointer to give Seattle a 41-23 lead with 6:15 left in the second quarter. The Storm took a 16-point lead when Sue Bird made a 3-pointer early in the second half and it was 79-69 when Stewart took the jump with 3:27 to go.

Liz Cambage scored four points on an 8-0 run by the Sparks but Stewart responded with a driving layup and, after Cambage slipped a pass between two defenders to Nneka Ogwumike for an easy field goal, Bird hit two free throws to make it 83-79 with 45.5 seconds remaining.

Cambage led the Sparks (2-4) with 25 points and eight rebounds. Ogwumike added 20 points and Brittney Sykes scored 10.

Seattle has scored 29 field goals and 27 assists.

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