Atlanta, GA -- A slam dunk. That's the best way to describe the Minnesota Lynx's star player Maya Moore, in tonight's 110-78 win over the Atlanta Dream.
The undefeated Lynx, strutted on the court full of confidence looking to extend their 8-0 season to 9-0. With an average of 21.0 points per game, Moore led the pack with her eye on the prize.
Some would call Moore "Houdini," because she certainly makes basketball magical. By the age of 26, she's already won three WNBA titles in her first five years with Minnesota, including the WNBA MVP in 2014.
The Dream was in no mood for a snooze fest, as Layshia Clarendon set off the alarm clock with the first two points in the game. Moore and the Lynx attempted to respond, but couldn't convert until minutes later when Lindsey Whalen made a shot to tie the game up.
Moore is known to light the court on fire, but tonight she went against another fire on the court in Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry. McCoughtry had 22 of the Dream's 78 points. She must have been Atlanta's "Angel" tonight, because the crowd sent all their prayers her way for a victory. McCoughtry only made two points in the first quarter, but instantaneously hit shot after shot. Her comeback was key and skill was a sight to see.
Moore stayed far from a bore and continued to make the crowd roar. McCoughtry's competition didn't affect her outcome, but in the back of her head she knew, "She's [McCoughtry] just so good at slicin' and dicin'. Never for a minute do we expect her to slow down."
The game went into half-time neck-in-neck, with the Lynx in the lead, 46-45. Moore said she knew they would get the ball rolling. She added, "We know we're gonna have shots eventually. That's what we get paid to do."
Coach Cooper said Moore's appearance wasn't feared but, "Maya Moore is a great player and we knew she was going to get her 25 plus. Our key was to stop them other ones. Thank God Seimone was sitting out, or else it could have been even uglier."
Overall, the valued player left it all on the court. It was an addition to the winning streak. It was a slam dunk.