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Recap: Storm bounce back in a big way, beat Dream 82-66

After a poor performance against Minnesota, the Seattle Storm executed on both ends in Atlanta.

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The 2018 WNBA Most Improved Player is turning in MVP-like performances, as Natasha Howard scored 19 points against the Dream on Friday night.
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The Seattle Storm opened up an 18-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, beating the Atlanta Dream 82-66 on Friday night.

Natasha Howard was the game-high scorer with 19 points, adding 14 rebounds as well. Howard has become the go-to player for Seattle, as she has led the Storm in scoring in all three of their games.

Howard was one of five Seattle players in double figures, including Alysha Clark, who scored 11 points in her first game of the season. Clark missed the first two games as she was recovering from having just wrapped up the season with Lyon in France.

Clark was definitely well-rested, as she hit two three-point shots in the game. This one capped off a great first quarter for the Storm:

The Storm were dialed in on offense, racking up 23 assists on 30 made baskets.

This type of execution just kept the Dream’s defense on their heels all night, as Alysha Clark found Mercedes Russell for the bucket:

The Dream shot 4-of-20 in the first quarter and never found rhythm on offense. Brittany Sykes was the team-high scorer with 12 points, but it came on 5-of-15 shooting. After scoring 15 points and shooting 3-for-4 from beyond the arc in Atlanta’s last game, Renee Montgomery was 1-for-6 with just three points last night.

Both teams have no time to dwell on their performances, as each will be back in action tonight. The Storm will travel to Chicago to face the Sky and the Dream will face the Mystics in Washington.