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Nneka Ogwumike's putback game-winner gives LA Sparks third-straight victory

With the scores tied at 64 on the final possession, LA Sparks' guard Kristi Toliver pulled-up for a three for the win. However, it didn't fall.

It hit iron, bounced on the rim another time - which helped Nneka Ogwumike bag the easy offensive rebound and put back the game-winner with just 0.1 seconds remaining on the game clock.

The game-winner gave us the LA Sparks their second win over the Atlanta Dream in as many days. In this one, Ogwumike stuffed the stat sheet and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals on 8-of-14 shooting from the field.

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The Sparks' earlier win over the Dream was also tightly-contested. In fact, it was decided in overtime with the LA franchise winning 85-80.

In that win as well, the former league MVP played a huge role. After briefly returning to the locker room with a knee injury scare, she still played 38 mins and finished with a near triple-double of 13 points, nine rebounds and nine assists on a near-perfect shooting night of 6-of-7 from the field.

Overall, this is the Sparks' third straight victory - all after the Olympics break, a stark difference from their six-game skid heading into the break. They are now just a half-game behind the eight-seeded Dallas Wings with 12 regular-season games to go.

Ogwumike's game-winner is the second clutch basket that decided a game in as many days as across the country, the New York Liberty stunned the Seattle Storm - the inaugural Commissioner's Cup champions - on Wednesday.

They came back from 15 points down, outscoring the Storm 21-7 in the fourth quarter and finally won the game 83-79 on the back of Betnijah Laney's clutch go-ahead basket with 17.6 seconds remaining.

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