In Friday night's WNBA action, the Atlanta Dream were still clinging to hopes of a playoff spot after Seattle lost earlier in the night. However, Atlanta had the unfortunate task of playing the Los Angeles Sparks on their home court. The Sparks dominated with a 25-point win at the Staples Center to continue their momentum towards the playoffs and eliminated the Dream from contention. Here's the latest Dream vs. Sparks game recap including top performers, stats, a standings update, and a look at the final games on the regular season schedule.

WNBA game recap

Three of the Los Angeles Sparks contributed double-digit scoring on Friday night en route to their 81-56 win. Candace Parker led the way with 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting while also getting five assists and four rebounds. Nneka Ogwumike had 13 points and six rebounds, while Odyssey Sims shot 2-for-8 but knocked down 9-of-9 free throws to finish with 13 points and seven assists.

On the losing side, the Atlanta Dream received 19 points from Tiffany Hayes on 6-of-15 shooting. Rookie Brittany Sykes had 10 points and five rebounds. Beyond that, no other Dream players scored in double-digits. Layshia Clarendon was held to 3-of-11 shooting and had eight points while Sancho Lyttle and Elizabeth Williams also combined for just eight points in the game.

The Sparks held a commanding 26-12 lead after just one quarter and a 43-29 advantage at the half. In the third, they continued the onslaught with a 23-11 quarter. The Dream managed to win the fourth, albeit 16-15 when it was too little, too late.

For the game, Atlanta was held to just 28.8 percent shooting overall and 21.4 percent shooting from 3-point range.

The Sparks hit at a rate of 51.7 percent overall and 36.4 percent from downtown. L.A. also had 36 rebounds compared to 28 for the visitors.

Standings & what's next

Friday night's loss dropped the Atlanta Dream to a record of 12-21 overall and 3-13 on the road. The team has now officially been eliminated from playoff contention, meaning the Seattle Storm have gained the eighth and final spot.

Atlanta closes their season out on Sunday with a 1 p.m. Eastern Time road game against the Phoenix Mercury.

The Los Angeles Sparks improved to 25-8 overall and 15-1 at home. L.A. is still holding the second place spot for the postseason and is a game behind Minnesota for the top spot. They will host the Connecticut Sun in a potential future playoff matchup. That final game of the season takes place in Los Angeles this Sunday starting at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.