LOS ANGELES -- Chiney Ogwumike scored 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting and her sister Nneka Ogwumike had 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 77-70 on Friday night.
Derek Fisher, who was named coach of the Sparks in December, got his first WNBA win. The 18-year NBA veteran, who won five titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, went 40-96 as coach of the New York Knicks from 2014-2016.
Chiney Ogwumike was acquired by the Sparks from Connecticut on April 27 in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick.
Nneka Ogwumike's 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left in the second quarter capped a 13-4 run that gave the Sparks (1-1) a 38-31 halftime lead and Connecticut trailed the rest of the way.
Jonquel Jones hit a 3-pointer to pull the Sun (2-1) within one with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter and her 3-point play with 1:41 to go made it 69-67. Chiney Ogwumike answered with her own 3-point play and, after Jones hit 1 of 2 free throws, Nneka Ogwumike made a corner 3 to push the lead to 75-68 with 40.8 seconds remaining.
Jones had 16 points and a career-high tying 22 rebounds for Connecticut. Courtney Williams and Jasmine Thomas each added 14 points.
Thomas converted a 3-point play that trimmed the Sun's deficit to 49-42 with 5:59 left in the third quarter and neither team scored again until Chiney Ogwumike made a layup with 48 seconds left in the period. The teams combined to miss 17 consecutive shots and commit six turnovers during that stretch.
The WNBA-worst Atlanta Dream have the chance to claim a season series victory if they can beat star rookie Arike Ogunbowale and the Dallas Wings on the road Sunday.
The Washington Mystics look to take advantage of a soft closing stretch of schedule to claim the top seed for the WNBA playoffs, starting with Sunday's contest at home versus the New York Liberty.
A game that could also double as a potential first-round playoff matchup takes place Sunday night when the Phoenix Suns host the Chicago Sky.