2 MVPs too much; Sparks rout Sky 95-75 in playoff opener

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Two MVPs were too much for the Chicago Sky.

Candace Parker scored 19 of her 30 points in the first half, Nneka Ogwumike added 27, and the Los Angeles Sparks won 95-75 in the teams' semifinal playoff opener Wednesday night.

Two-time WNBA MVP Parker had nine rebounds and newly crowned MVP Ogwumike had 10 rebounds and six assists for the Sparks, who were playing their first game in 12 days after early-round byes in the revamped playoffs. The game was at the Pyramid on the Long Beach State campus, 24 miles from downtown Los Angeles.