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Atkins, Cloud lead Mystics to 78-73 win over Dream

ATLANTA (AP) — Ariel Atkins scored 18 points, Natasha Cloud added 17 and the Washington Mystics erased a double-digit second-half deficit to beat the Atlanta Dream 78-73. There were two ties and three lead changes in the final 2 1/2 minutes, the last of which came when Tianna Hawkins made two free throws to give the Mystics a 74-73 lead with 41.5 seconds left. After Atlanta’s Rhyne Howard missed a jumper, Cloud made two foul shots and Atkins stole a pass and added two more free throws to cap the scoring with 19 seconds remaining. Howard hit four 3-pointers and led Atlanta (4-2) with 21 points.

Associated Press

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