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Sparks take down reigning WNBA champs in Liz Cambage debut

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The Los Angeles Sparks took down the reigning WNBA champion Chicago Sky on Friday in a 98-91 overtime win.

A controversial foul call on Dana Evans with 1.5 seconds left enabled Jordin Canada to sink three of her free throws and send the game to overtime. After the game, Sky coach James Wade called out the officiating on that play and a technical foul he received late in the third quarter.

“We had a chance to close out the game but I’m just disappointed in me getting a tech for doing (carrying signal),” Wade said. “It’s B.S., because we put in work. And it’s the same thing. Stuff like that has no place in our league. You don’t have no place to just take stuff personal and just take it out on somebody.”

“Everybody saw that. You all saw that wasn’t a foul,” Wade continued, addressing the foul that sent the game to overtime. “She still didn’t touch her, even though (Canada) threw her body forward, (Evans) didn’t touch her. And how could people that do this for a living see that and call that. It’s ridiculous. But it’s my life, you guys, it’s the story of my life.”

Evans also felt that she did not foul Canada, responding when asked: “Not at all, no, nope.”

In overtime, the Sparks outscored Chicago 10-3 to secure the win.

Liz Cambage had 12 points and four rebounds in her Sparks debut. Canada led all Sparks scorers with a career-high tying 21 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Nneka Ogwumike added 19 points and seven rebounds.

The Sky had two players exceed 20 points, with Evans scoring a career-high 24 points and Candace Parker contributing 21. She added six rebounds, six assists and three steals in the effort.

Chicago will have an opportunity to rebound against the New York Liberty on Wednesday while the Sparks take on the Indiana Fever on Sunday.