If Tuesday night's game is any indication, a WNBA Finals rematch between the Atlanta Dream and the Minnesota Lynx could be fun. The Lynx salvaged a split in the season series Tuesday night with a 112-108 double overtime win thanks to a superhuman performance from Maya Moore.
Moore was held to just 10 points in the previous meeting as the focal point of Atlanta's defensive effort. On Tuesday, Moore was ready for the challenge and piled up 48 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 46 minutes of action. Twenty-five of those 48 points came after halftime as Minnesota saw a big lead disappear but held on in overtime for the win.
The game was close throughout the first half and played in a playoff like atmosphere at the Target Center. The Lynx led 52-48 at the half behind 23 points from Moore. Atlanta started to falter late in the third quarter as foul trouble started to mount. Angel McCoughtry picked up her fourth with 4:31 remaining in the quarter but remained in the game. The Dream spent a large portion of the third quarter complaining to the officials and Minnesota took advantage by pushing the lead to 75-66 heading to the fourth.
Things continued to go bad for Atlanta in the fourth. McCoughtry picked up her fifth foul 26 seconds into the period and the deficit grew to as many as 14 points. Minnesota led 85-71 with 6:15 remaining but the Dream weren't quite finished yet. Atlanta answered with an 18-4 run to end the quarter and force overtime.
Atlanta began the first overtime with a pair of threes from McCoughtry and Tiffany Hayes to take a 95-89 lead. Moore broke the momentum with another three and the Lynx tied the game two possessions later. McCoughtry missed a desperation attempt at the horn and the game headed to double overtime.
Minnesota took control of the second overtime scoring the first five points and Tan White's jumper with just over 38 seconds remaining sealed the win.
In addition to Moore's big night, the Lynx got 26 points and nine assists from point guard Lindsey Whalen and got a big lift from Rebekkah Brunson who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in her first action of the season. The Lynx played without Seimone Augustus who missed her eighth straight game with a knee injury.
Sancho Lyttle paced the Dream with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Tiffany Hayes added 22 points while McCoughtry tossed in 21. Angel was just 9-24 from the floor including 1-9 from three-point range. Shoni Schimmel added 17 points including five threes off the bench but was just 6-16 shooting.
Atlanta drops to 15-7 on the season with the loss but maintain their five game advantage in the East standings. The Dream return to Atlanta on Friday where they will take on the Chicago Sky in their final game at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion.