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Originally published Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

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Atlanta Dream tops Washington Mystics to even Eastern Conference semifinal series

The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Angel McCoughtry scored 20 points as a controlling first half and dominant fourth quarter led the Atlanta Dream to a 63-45 victory over the Washington Mystics on Saturday night, evening their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

Erika DeSouza had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and Aneika Henry added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Dream, who outscored Washington 17-9 in the both the first and fourth quarters.

Atlanta had lost five straight games and 17 of 24 — including the series opener at home on Thursday night.

Before the game, Mystics coach Mike Thibault was honored with his third WNBA Coach of the Year award.

Sparks 82, at Mercury 73

Candace Parker had 31 points and 11 rebounds to help Los Angeles beat host Phoenix, evening their Western Conference semifinal series.


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