Final

Liberty 86

(15-10, 6-7 away)

Dream 76

(3-24, 1-13 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    3:00 PM ET, July 27, 2008

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 22 22 13 2986
    ATL 21 22 13 2076

    Top Performers

    New York: J. McCarville 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Atlanta: I. Latta 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Hot Liberty stop Dream for sixth win in last seven games

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Shameka Christon scored 24 points and Janel McCarville had 22 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the New York Liberty to an 86-76 win over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.

    Betty Lennox had 18 points for Atlanta, which has lost five straight.

    Christon benefited from a series of crisp screens, for which she credited coach Pat Coyle.

    "She definitely has a great system for the guards," Christon said. "I knew I had to be more productive, so that's pretty much been my focus."

    Catherine Kraayeveld made three free throws with 3:45 left in the game to put New York (15-10) up for good.

    The Dream (3-24), who have the worst record in the league, went toe-to-toe with the Liberty, who began the day in third place in the Eastern Conference.

    "I remember last time we came down here," Christon said, "and they almost got their first win on us. We know this is a ballclub that plays really hard and we respect that."

    The Liberty went into the Olympic break having won six of their last seven games.

    "We played hard," said Lennox, who was not in the starting lineup for the first time in 27 games. "We didn't come out with a win. We know what we need to work on at the break. I think everybody needs [the Olympic] break mentally, to prepare for the second half."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      New York Atlanta
    Points 86 76
    FG Made-Attempted 26-63 (.000) 25-61 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-23 (.435) 6-14 (.429)
    FT Made-Attempted 24-32 (.000) 20-29 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-39 13-38
    Assists 21 12
    Turnovers 18 18
    Steals 13 10
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 3 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 23 (0/0)