Lynx beat Dream 73-67 for WNBA title sweep

By Charles Odum

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 7 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry (35) and Sancho Lyttle, right, play for a loose ball against Minnesota Lynx's Rebekkah Brunston (32) and Taj McWilliams-Franklin, second from right, during the first quarter of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Atlanta. The Lynx entered the game with a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-five series.

David Goldman, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Seimone Augustus and the Minnesota Lynx completed a near-perfect postseason by beating the Atlanta Dream 73-67 on Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA championship series.

Augustus had 16 points and Maya Moore, returning to her Atlanta home, had 15 to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Lynx won their first WNBA title.

Minnesota closed the postseason with six straight wins, including sweeps of Phoenix in the Western Conference finals and Atlanta in the championship series.

Most Minnesota players celebrated in a pile of hugs on the court. Taj McWilliams-Franklin, the 41-year-old starting center, headed to the bench to engulf coach Cheryl Reeve in a hug.

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