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Dream Force OT with buzzer beater, stop Liberty

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Tiffany Hayes scored 21 points and beat the Atlanta Dream overtime to host New York Liberty on Thursday night 92-81.

The game was forced into overtime when Erica Wheeler connected with a three-pointer from a distance of 27 feet on the Atlanta (9-11) buzzer. Dream surpassed Liberty (8-11) 13-2 in OT.

Hayes shot 15 8s from the floor, 6 4s from the depths, and she was one of the four dream players scoring in double digits. Wheeler, Rhyne Howard and Kristy Wallace each scored 10 points and Wheeler added 8 assists. Kiaborn had 8 points and a team best 9 rebounds.

Stephanie Dolson led New York with 20 points. Sabrina Ionescu had 17 points, 13 boards and 7 assists, but she shot only one tenth from behind the arc. Natasha Howard added 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Dream and Liberty were strangled for most of the first half, but Wallace set fire to 13-6 runs when he flashed 23 feet to 3 pointers near the end of the second quarter. I put it on. With assistance from Naz Hilmon. Overall, Wallace scored 7 points during the stretch.

New York reduced its deficit to 2 points at the beginning of the third quarter, but Atlanta dropped the 11-2 run and put a cushion between himself and Liberty. A dream led by 13 points by the end of the third, thanks to a pull-up jumper from Rhein Howard.

Liberty started 24-5 runs in the fourth quarter, closing the big deficit and leading Dolson's play with 12 points in that span. Still, Dream counterattacked and Wheeler's three pointers sent the game to overtime.

Atlanta won the rebound battle 41-35 and shot 21 out of 26 from the charity stripe.

Dream's victory will result in three consecutive defeats.

Newyork and Atlanta will not meet again until August. At this time, the two teams will end the season for two consecutive games.

– Field-level media