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Dream shock Sun on heave at buzzer

--Field Level Media


Tiffany Hayes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the visiting Atlanta Dream to an 86-83 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night.


Hayes capped a dramatic finish for Atlanta by also making the defensive play of the game.


She stole the ball from Connecticut?s Jasmine Thomas near the rim in the lane with eight-tenths of a second remaining.


Hayes released a desperation 3-pointer that cleanly went in just before the light went on.


After officials reviewed it, her 47-foot shot counted and gave Atlanta (13-9) its fifth straight win.


Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points off the bench on 9-of-14 shooting as the Dream shot 46.2 percent. Hayes added 18 points and eight rebounds while Elizabeth Williams contributed 16 points.


Reserve Jonquel Jones paced the Sun with 19 points and seven rebounds while Rachel Banham added 15 as Connecticut (12-11) shot 43.6 percent. The Sun saw a modest two-game winning streak stopped and lost on a buzzer beater at home for the second time in a week after losing to the Liberty 79-76 Wednesday afternoon.


Atlanta rallied late in the third and tied the game, but Connecticut took a 60-58 lead on a jumper by Thomas with 1:54 remaining. The Dream missed a chance to get a one-point lead as Hayes missed a 3-point attempt at the third-quarter horn.


Atlanta forged an 81-81 tie on a 3-pointer by McCoughtry with 1:42 remaining. The Sun were unable to score on their next two possessions.


Following an Atlanta timeout, Williams hit a layup with 57.9 seconds left. With 43.8 seconds left, Thomas missed a jumper but Atlanta was unable to score and Alyssa Thomas hit two free throws with 31.9 seconds left for an 83-83 tie.


After McCoughtry missed a jumper with 15.6 seconds left, Connecticut grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 10.9 seconds left only to see Jasmine Thomas lose the ball to Hayes.