Sparks Candace Parker nets 5,000th point with first-half FT

Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks scored her 5,000th career point Sunday when she hit a free throw in the first half against Phoenix.

Parker, 32, became the 20th player to reach 5,000 in her WNBA career.

Her jumper gave the Sparks a 6-4 lead and they led the rest of the way en route to a 78-75 win. Her layup with four minutes left in the first half capped a 17-2 run and gave the Sparks a 17-point advantage.

Parker is in her 11th season, all with the Sparks, and has averaged 17.5 points.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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