Cooper has career-high 26 points, Sparks beat Mystics 89-82

Los Angeles Sparks center Amanda Zahui B (1) signals after making a three-point basket during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Washington Mystics Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Sparks forward Karlie Samuelson, right, is defended by Washington Mystics forward Theresa Plaisance (55) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Washington Mystics center Tina Charles (31) is defended by Los Angeles Sparks center Amanda Zahui B during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins, top, shoots over Los Angeles Sparks forward Nia Coffey (12) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Washington Mystics guard Leilani Mitchell, left, dribbles next to Los Angeles Sparks guard Te'a Cooper (2) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins, left, is defended by Los Angeles Sparks guard Te'a Cooper during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Washington Mystics center Tina Charles (31) shoots between two Los Angeles Sparks defenders during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis attends a WNBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Washington Mystics Thursday, June 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Te’a Cooper scored a career-high 26 points, Amanda Zahui B. added 17 and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the short-handed Washington Mystics 89-82 on Thursday night.

Cooper’s steal and fast-break layup extended Los Angeles’ lead to 84-80 with 1:25 left. Zahui B. sealed it by blocking Tina Charles’ 3-point attempt in the corner with 33.9 seconds left.

Brittney Sykes had 14 points and Karlie Samuelson added 13 for Los Angeles (6-7). The Sparks got 53 points off their bench, while Washington had eight.

Leilani Mitchell made six 3-pointers and scored 26 points for Washington (7-7), which only played seven because of injuries. Charles had 25 points and 10 rebounds — ending her two-game streak of scoring at least 30 points.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis was in attendance.

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