Andrea Stinson scored 19 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and the Charlotte Sting defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 77-73 in WNBA action Wednesday.

Sparks center Lisa Leslie scored a franchise-record 30 points before committing her sixth foul but was held to just three rebounds, ending her streak of double-doubles at five games.Vicky Bullett scored 14 of her team-high 22 in the first half, while Tracy Reid added 16 for the Eastern Conference-leading Sting (5-1), which never trailed and won its third consecutive game.

Toler added 15 and Dixon 12 as the Sparks (2-4) lost for the fourth time in their last five games and fell to 0-3 against teams with winning records.

MERCURY 69, COMETS 66: Bridget Pettis scored 20 points and Jennifer Gillom added 16, including the game-winner with 47.6 seconds remaining, as Phoenix beat previously unbeaten Houston 69-66.

Cynthia Cooper scored 27 points and Sheryl Swoopes 21 for the Comets (5-1).

Swoopes gave Houston its final lead 62-61 when she made two free throws with 2:45 to go. Gillom sank a 16-foot jumper to give Phoenix the lead, then put the Mercury (4-1) ahead for good 67-64 when she hit a 12-footer in the lane.