Renee Montgomery made a driving, go-ahead layup with 15.8 seconds to play, and the Atlanta Dream snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 90-87 win over the New York Liberty on Friday night in White Plains, N.Y.
The Liberty's Rebecca Allen missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer from the left baseline in the closing seconds.
Tiffany Hayes had 19 points to lead all five starters in double figures for the Dream (6-22). Montgomery added 18 points while Brittney Sykes scored 17 and Jessica Breland and Monique Billings chipped in 11 apiece. Breland added a game-high 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
New York (9-19) had four scorers in double figures, led by Bria Hartley with 17. Tina Charles (15 points), Allen (11) and Amanda Zahui B (10) rounded out a balanced attack, but the Liberty were unable to match the Dream down the stretch while falling for the ninth time in 10 games.
Charles swished a pair of free throws with 1:04 to play to give New York an 85-84 lead before hitting a layup at the 46.8-second mark to extend the edge to three.
The Dream drew within 87-86 on two Billings free throws with 32.1 seconds to go. New York was called for an offensive foul on the ensuing possession, setting the stage for Montgomery's heroics.
Atlanta outscored New York 28-17 in the third quarter to take a six-point lead entering the fourth. The Dream shot 47.3 percent in the third quarter and led by as many as 11.
Both teams drew energy from torrid shooting in the first half. New York led the way with a 48.6-percent (17-for-35) effort, but Atlanta wasn't far behind, connecting at a 45.9-percent (17-for-37) clip.
Hayes and Montgomery paced the Dream with 11 points apiece at the break. Allen (nine) and Zahui B (eight) sparked the Liberty.
The Liberty held a 29-27 lead after one quarter before widening the gap. New York surged to an 18-6 run in the first 5:33 of the second quarter. Allen contributed 3-pointers on consecutive possessions while Marine Johannes punctuated the burst with a trey to put the Liberty ahead by 14 points.
Atlanta rallied from there, trimming the deficit to five points at halftime.
The Dream leveled the season series at one win apiece. The teams are set to close the regular season in Atlanta on Sept. 8.
--Field Level Media