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Dream off to best start since 2013 season

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At 6-1, the Dream are off to their best start since 2013 and are preparing to open a four-game home stand.

Angel Mccoughtry against the New York Liberty

The Atlanta Dream captured their fifth straight win to improve to 6-1 with an 83-77 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Atlanta is off to its best start since the 2013 season when they got off to a 10-1 start and advanced to the WNBA Finals.

Tiffany Hayes finished with a game-best 23 points while Angel McCoughtry scored 16 of her 21 points in the second half to help the Dream secure the victory. Atlanta converted 43 percent of their field goal attempts while holding the Sun to just under 40 percent.

“We just wanted to continue what we have been doing," Dream head coach Michael Cooper told reporters after the game. "Consistency is what championships are made of and our goal is to win a championship and it starts with games like this. Connecticut has always been a very tough team for us to play against, tough arena to play in, and we are very fortunate to get this game today.”

Connecticut jumped out to a 26-19 lead at the end of one and pushed the lead to nine early in the second quarter before the Dream clamped down. Atlanta outscored the Sun 24-13 in the second quarter and took a 43-39 lead into the intermission.

“I think our defense got a little stingy and that is one thing that we have been working on constantly," Cooper said. "When we play good solid defense and we limit them to one shot, and that also involves rebounding, you get runs like that. But we knew we were going to have to work hard, I mean Kelsey Bone, Alyssa Thomas, and Chiney Ogwumike are all great rebounders so I thought we did our job today of boxing them out and limiting them to one shot.”

Atlanta finished the game with a 39-35 rebounding edge although Connecticut did finish with an 18-8 advantage in second chance points. Sancho Lyttle finished with a game-high 11 rebounds for the Dream.

Atlanta improved their road record to 4-1 on the season and wrapped up a stretch of five of seven played away from Philips Arena. The Dream will open a four game home stand on Sunday against the Washington Mystics and will host the undefeated Minnesota Lynx next Friday.