LOS ANGELES -- Ariel Atkins hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points Tuesday night to lead the Washington Mystics to an 81-52 win over Los Angeles, spoiling the return of former MVP Candace Parker to the Sparks' lineup.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had a career-high 17 points off the bench for the Mystics (5-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak in the first game of a four-game road trip. Kristi Toliver added 12 points and nine assists. Elena Delle Donne made only 4 of 12 shots and scored nine points for Washington but grabbed 15 rebounds.
Parker had three points on 1-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes after missing the first seven games because of a hamstring injury. Sydney Wiese and Nneka Ogwumike had 12 points apiece for the Sparks (4-4).
Parker played the first 7 minutes, 43 seconds and went 0-of-4 before checking out of the game with her team behind 20-3.
Atkins opened the game with a 3-pointer, and after Chiney Ogwumike made a basket for the Sparks to make it 3-2, the Mystics reeled off 10 straight points. Neka Ogwumike made a free throw for Los Angeles at the 5:56 mark, but Washington scored seven more and it was 20-3.
Washington led 24-10 after one quarter and 48-27 at the half, turning 14 L.A. turnovers into 23 points.
The Mystics finished 13-of-28 behind the arc, while Los Angeles was 3-of-19 and had 26 turnovers. LaToya Sanders had a career-high six of Washington's 20 steals.
Griner stuffs 3-point shot attempt
Brittney Griner extends out and blocks Kayla Thorton's 3-pointer.
Streaking again, the Chicago Sky look to continue their winning ways.
The Washington Mystics sorely missed Elena Delle Donne, which made her triumphant return all the sweeter.