Williams scores 20 but Dream lose to Seattle

Courtney Williams scored 20 for the Dream. (Kelsey Bibik/Atlanta Dream)
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Courtney Williams scored 20 for the Dream. (Kelsey Bibik/Atlanta Dream)

Credit: Atlanta Dream

EVERETT, Wash. — Sue Bird had 15 points, Jewell Loyd scored four of her 10 points in the final 38 seconds, and the Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 91-88 on Friday night.

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The Dream’s Courtney Williams made a 3 to cut it to 87-86 and closed it back to one with a jumper with 29.2 seconds. But Williams missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied it with two seconds left.

Williams, a WNBA All-Star, had 20 points for the Dream (6-10). Crystal Bradford added 17 points, and Elizabeth Williams and Tianna Hawkin scored 10 points each.

Loyd’s tip shot with 37.7 seconds left gave the Storm (13-4) an 89-86 lead and her driving layup with 6.1 seconds left capped the scoring.

Bird had a pair of 3-pointers in the final four minutes for Seattle, which stayed tied with the Las Vegas Aces atop the WNBA standings.

Ezi Magbegor added 12 points, and Stephanie Talbot and Mercedes Russell added 10 points each for the Storm.