Johnson, Christmas-Kelly help Wings hold off Sparks, 85-79
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Glory Johnson had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Karima Christmas-Kelly scored 17 points to help the Dallas Wings beat the Los Angeles Sparks 85-79 on Sunday.
Skylar Diggins-Smith had eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter and Aerial Powers finished with 12 for Dallas (13-14).
Johnson hit a short jumper to give the Wings the lead for good and spark a 10-2 run that made it 81-73 when Diggins-Smith made a layup after a steal by Theresa Plaisance. Chelsea Gray hit two free throws to trim L.A.’s deficit to 83-79 with 35 seconds left, but Diggins-Smith answered with two foul shots nine seconds later to seal it.
Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks (18-7) with 21 points apiece, while Odyssey Sims scored 14 and Gray added 12. Los Angeles made just 2 of 15 from 3-point range and was outrebounded 47-31, including 16-4 on the offensive glass. The Sparks had their four-game win streak snapped.