Parker becomes fifth WNBA player to win MVP twice

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker won the WNBA MVP, making her the fifth player in league history to receive the award twice.

Parker accepted the trophy from league president Laurel Richie before the Sparks faced the Phoenix Mercury in the opener of their Western Conference playoff series. She also earned $15,000.

Parker edged out Minnesota’s Maya Moore and Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne in one of the closest ballots in league history. Parker finished with 234 points, Moore had 218 and Delle Donne 189. It’s the closest the top two players have been in the voting since Sheryl Swoopes edged Lauren Jackson by two points in 2005.

Parker and Moore each received 10 first-place votes from the 39-member national media panel.

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