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Sparks get blown out by Mercury, end road trip at 1-2

Michael Chow/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK
The Sparks end their three-game road trip and prepare for a three-game home stand.

PHOENIX — The Sparks didn’t have a great Sunday afternoon.

L.A. only scored seven points in the second quarter. Phoenix shot the lights out from behind the arc and came away with the win to snap their four-game losing streak, 87-68.

The Mercury (4-5) went on a 15-0 run at the start of the second after the Sparks (2-6) took a 17-16 lead. Phoenix led by as many as 24 points and L.A. never seriously threatened as they couldn’t climb out of the hole they fell into.

The Sparks had 18 turnovers, which has been a problem all year for them.

When asked about those turnovers, guard Kia Nurse had an answer. She quipped, “Not turn it over!”

Forward Dearica Hamby went deeper into it. “Just be a little bit more composed, reading defenses a little better, being proactive and not reactive.”

Head coach Curt Miller talked about how disappointed he was about the first half.

“Disappointing first half performance offensively,” Miller said. “I thought their physicality which we had talked about and prepared for bothered us. And the second quarter that really put us in a hole.”

Still, Miller found some positives.

“To our credit, we came out and scored 46 second half points,” Miller said. “Pleased with the answer there offensively. Did a decent job inside the arc defending them. But they had a really really good night from the arc led by Diana. It was one of those nights where they got going from the arc.”

The Mercury went 14 for 29 (.483) while the Sparks did pretty well, going 9 for 23 (.391). It was just that the volume overwhelmed Los Angeles.

Dearica Hamby led the Sparks with 23 points while Nurse was the only other player on the team that scored in double figures with 12.

Diana Taurasi for the Mercury was outstanding, going 7 for 9 from three on her way to 31 points. Natasha Cloud had 21 points and 12 assists for Phoenix.

The Sparks go back home for a three-game stand in Los Angeles. Their stay at Crypto.Com Arena starts out with a game against the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday.