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Sparks bested by MVP-level finish from Breanna Stewart in 71-62 loss

The Sparks played the Storm tight on Tuesday, leading the team with the best record in the league through three quarters before ultimately falling behind in the fourth. But with the defending champs returning home and welcoming back Jewell Loyd to the lineup, Seattle had extra advantages in its favor in the rematch.

Despite that home cooking, the Sparks played nearly even with the Storm for the first 38 minutes. Over the final two, Breanna Stewart showed why she’s the best player in the world, scoring eight points to help Seattle close out the 71-62 victory.

The pace was to Los Angeles’ liking, as the Sparks successfully mucked up the game.