Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes (15) shoots over top of Indiana Fever guard Karima Christmas (11) and forward Tamika Catchings (24) during the first half at Philips Arena. Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA (AP) -- Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Angel McCoughtry had 18 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever 84-79 on Thursday night for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Armintie Herrington finished with 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists for the Dream.
McCoughtry scored on a three-point play to give the Dream an 81-75 lead with 1:07 left.
The league's leading scorer made three free throws down the stretch to give Atlanta the win.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 21 points, while Erlana Larkins had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Karima Christmas and Shavonte Zellous each had 15 points.
Game 2 is at Indiana on Sunday.