Sparks stymie Silver Stars • LOS ANGELES 85, SAN ANTONIO 70: Lisa Leslie had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Sparks to a home victory over the Silver Stars on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The Sparks took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, which resumes Saturday in San Antonio.

Candace Parker, Temeka Johnson and Marie Ferdinand-Harris each added 14 points for the Sparks. Parker grabbed 12 rebounds and Johnson had nine assists.

Ann Wauters had 18 points for the Silver Stars, and Sophia Young had 16. Becky Hammon, who was averaging 19.3 points in the playoffs, was held to nine.

Los Angeles shot 53 percent, outrebounded San Antonio 41-29 and had 29 assists to the Silver Stars' 16.