The Minnesota Lynx (6-7) needed a late comeback to hand the Atlanta Dream (5-8) their seventh loss in their last eight games, 87-85. Sylvia Fowles had a massive game: 26 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks.
The Dream ended the first quarter on a 20-3 run for a 28-16 lead. By the middle of the second quarter, Atlanta’s lead had swelled to 18 points, but it was closed to six points at halftime, 46-40. Entering the final quarter of play, the Dream led 76-68. A 3-pointer by Damiris Dantas would tie the game at 81 points apiece with just under four minutes to play. Dantas scored 23 points and was 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.
The Dream and Lynx would trade baskets down the stretch with the final blow coming from Kayla McBride with a jumpshot from the elbow. McBride scored the final two baskets for the Lynx and finished with nine points.
For Atlanta, Courtney Williams led the way with 24 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Chennedy Carter finished with 16 points while Odyssey Sims scored 13 points. Aari McDonald came off the bench to score 10 points. Cheyenne Parker had a busy game: six points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.
The Dream were able to build their lead based on a total of 17 forced turnovers which led to 21 points. They limited themselves to just 10 turnovers and held the Lynx to just 12 points off of those turnovers. The Lynx’s dominance on the offensive boards (11 to 6) resulted in winning second chance points 15-8.
The Lynx return home to play the Las Vegas Aces in their next game on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The struggling Dream welcome the New York Liberty to Atlanta on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.