Angel McCoughtry scored 12 of her 22 points in the third quarter, Tiffany Hayes added 17 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the Connecticut Sun 83-71 on Tuesday night.
The Dream (13-5) have won two straight and four of five, pushing their Eastern Conference lead to five games over Connecticut, Chicago and Indiana.
Sun rookie Chiney Ogwumike, the WNBA's No. 1 overall draft pick, finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Alex Bentley added 19 points. Connecticut (9-11) has lost five of six.
The Sun's Katie Douglas, who began the game with 27 3-pointers in her last 10 games, hit her third 3 to cut lead to 51-43 midway through the third, but Connecticut never got any closer.
Atlanta went on a 16-6 run that included seven points and two rebounds by McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel's 3-pointer.
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