WASHINGTON -- Aerial Powers scored 20 points, Elena Delle Donne added 14 and the first-place Washington Mystics beat the Los Angeles Sparks 95-66 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight home win.
Washington made six 3-pointers in the first quarter for a 33-22 lead and had nine at the break. The Mystics finished 11 of 35 from distance and 22 of 24 from the free-throw line to remain atop the WNBA standings with four games to play.
Natasha Cloud scored 15 points, Emma Meesseman had 12 and Ariel Atkins added 10 for Washington (22-8). Kristi Toliver missed her seventh straight game with a bone bruise in her right knee. The Mystics entered averaging 97.1 points per game during their home winning streak.
Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray each scored 12 points for Los Angeles (18-11). Nneka Ogwumike added 10 on 5-of-12 shooting as the Sparks shot just 34.3%, including 3 of 21 from 3-point range.
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