Delle Donne scores 26 as Mystics beat Sparks 94-81

July 13, 2022 GMT
Los Angeles Sparks Brittney Sykes (15) drives between Washington Mystics guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) and forward Alysha Clark (22) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Los Angeles Sparks Brittney Sykes (15) drives between Washington Mystics guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) and forward Alysha Clark (22) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Los Angeles Sparks Brittney Sykes (15) drives between Washington Mystics guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) and forward Alysha Clark (22) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
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Los Angeles Sparks Brittney Sykes (15) drives between Washington Mystics guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) and forward Alysha Clark (22) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
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Los Angeles Sparks Brittney Sykes (15) drives between Washington Mystics guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (32) and forward Alysha Clark (22) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elena Delle Donne tied her season high with 26 points, making four 3-pointers and shooting 10 for 14 overall, and Natasha Cloud added a season-best 21 points and nine assists to lead the Washington Mystics to a 94-81 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.

Cloud was 6 of 10 from the field, 3 of 4 from 3-point range and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 12 points and Ariel Atkins added 10 for Washington (15-10).

Katie Lou Samuelson made a layup to open the scoring but Delle Donne answered with a 3-pointer 13 seconds later and the Mystics led the rest of the way.

Samuelson and Brittney Sykes led Los Angeles (10-13) with 16 points apiece. Kristi Tolliver scored 12 points and Chiney Ogwumike finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Nneka Ogwumike (non-COVID illness) did not play for the Sparks.

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