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Angel McCoughtry helps Dream beat Sun

ATLANTA -- Atlanta forward Angel McCoughtry came up with the key plays on both ends of the court Friday night to lead the Dream to an 94-88 overtime win against the Connecticut Sun.

McCoughtry blocked a shot at the end of regulation to force overtime and finished with 24 points, including two crucial baskets in overtime, as Atlanta won for the fourth time in five games.

"She's a winner," Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said. "She finds a way to score and she finds a way to defend. That block she made at the end of the game was huge."

Atlanta tied the game with 12.2 seconds remaining in regulation when Sancho Lyttle made a 3-pointer from the right side, a shot that drew iron but bounced up and through the basket to even the score at 78-78. It was only Lyttle's second 3-pointer of the season.

"She's Ms. Clutch," Meadors said. "Tonight she made that 3-point shot to take it into overtime. That shot at that time gave us momentum. It gave us that spark. That's when we knew we could win the game because we were going to play harder than they were."

Connecticut worked for the final shot, but McCoughtry swatted away Allison Hightower's jumper from the corner.

"I was just thinking let me get out here so I can try and contest this shot. And I did," McCoughtry said.

In overtime, Atlanta was leading by one point when McCoughtry made a runner with 1:03 left. On the next possession she made a jumper just before the shot clock expired to give the Dream an 88-83 lead with 22 seconds remaining.

It was the second straight overtime loss for Connecticut (16-10), which blew a 19-point lead on Thursday at New York. The Sun committed 21 turnovers that led to 25 points.

"We had too many turnovers in the second half," Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. "When you give up 25 points off turnovers, you're just asking for trouble."

Lindsey Harding added 21 points for Atlanta (13-12), which has won 10 of its last 13 games. Lyttle scored 20, Erika DeSouza had 12 points and 10 rebounds and McCoughtry grabbed 12 rebounds.

Asjha Jones had 21 points for the Sun and Tina Charles added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Atlanta, back home for one game after a four-game road trip, now goes back on the road for three games.

"It was great to get a home win," Meadors said. "Our fans really deserve it."