Dream defeat Sparks

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Updated: September 2, 2013

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Erika de Souza scored a season-high 27 points
as the Atlanta Dream ended their four-game losing skid with a 92-82 upset win
over the Los Angeles Sparks.

Jasmine Thomas added 19 points for the Dream and Alex Bentley recorded a
double-double with 10 points and 11 assists in the late-season showdown.

Both teams sit in second place in their respective conferences with less than
a month to go in the regular season. Los Angeles has a playoff spot anchored
down while Atlanta is locked in a close chase with Washington and Indiana.

Nneka Ogwumike registered a double-double for the Sparks with 17 points and 10
rebounds, while Candace Parker and Lindsey Harding both contributed 16 points
as the Sparks had their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Los Angeles came roaring back after trailing 48-32 at the half. Parker’s two
free throws helped cut down Atlanta’s lead to five points with a little less
than six to go in the final quarter, but missed shots and fouls allowed
Atlanta to hold on to the lead and win the game.