Dream 63, Mystics 45
Angel McCoughtry scored 20 points as a controlling first half and dominant fourth quarter led Atlanta to a victory over Washington Saturday night, evening their Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Erika DeSouza had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and Aneika Henry added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Dream, who outscored Washington 17-9 in the both the first and fourth quarters.
Atlanta had lost five straight games and 17 of 24 - including the series opener at home on Thursday night - led Game 2 at halftime, 36-21, and by 21 in the second half.
Tayler Hill led the Mystics with 11 points. With a chance to close out the series at home, Washington shot a season-low 25 percent (14 of 56) from the field. Washington had won four straight and six of eight.
Atlanta hosts the decisive Game 3 Monday night.
Lynx 80, Storm 64
Seimone Augustus scored 19 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 18 and Maya Moore added 17 to lead Minnesota to a win over Seattle in the opener of the Western Conference semifinal series.
The Lynx led 40-36 at halftime, stretched it to 14 after three quarters and pulled away in the fourth to improve their home playoff record to 10-1 over the last three years. Minnesota also became the only home team to win a series opener this postseason.
Temeka Johnson led the Storm with 14 points, and Tanisha Wright finished with 13.
Seattle made four 3-pointers in the first half and stayed close until the final 10 minutes. Minnesota led by 22 late in the fourth quarter before the Storm scored the final six points.