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Storm Falls Short in Atlanta, 68-59

June 14, 2013

Temeka Johnson and Tina Thompson each scored 11 points, and Tanisha Wright hit the career 2,000-point mark for Seattle, but Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry pumped in 23 points on Friday as the Dream beat the Storm, 68-59.

Wright, in her ninth year, had nine points, putting her exactly at 2,000. Only Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson have reached that mark with the Storm previously.

After a frigid third quarter in which it hit just 2 of 16 from the field and fell behind by 18, Seattle (1-3) put together a fourth-quarter rally, coming as close as six at 58-52 with 4:51 left.

But McCoughtry drained three straight shots in a span of 87 seconds, putting the Dream (5-1) back up by 12 at 64-52 at the 3:07 mark. The Storm never got closer than nine after that.

Seattle, on the first game of a stretch that will see it play eight out of 10 on the road, visits the Connecticut Sun on Sunday at 2 p.m. PDT, then makes a quick trip home to face the Washington Mystics on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in KeyArena.

Atlanta scored the last six points of the first half to turn a 35-32 deficit into a 38-35 lead at the intermission. The Dream quickly pushed that to 42-35 at the outset of the third quarter before Johnson nailed a jumper with 8:49 left in the third.

But the Storm then missed 12 shots in a row, as Atlanta ran off 13 straight points to make it 55-37. A driving lay-in by Johnson with 6.9 seconds left got Seattle within 16 heading into the final quarter.

The Storm fell into a 10-2 hole less than four minutes into the game. But they got untracked and went on a 13-1 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Johnson, to take a 15-11 lead with 2:49 left in the first.

Seattle stretched that margin to as large as six points, the last time at 31-25 on a Thompson trey with 4:26 remaining in the first half. The Storm were up 35-32 on a driving jump shot by Noelle Quinn at the 1:20 mark before going cold for the rest of the second period and all of the third.

For the game, Seattle hit 21 of 62 (33.9 percent). Atlanta was slightly better at 28 of 67 (41.8 percent).

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