MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore had 23 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter, and the Minnesota Lynx delivered a dominant 84-59 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday night.
Moore shot 10-for-16 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds, and Monica Wright pitched in 20 points off the bench.
Seimone Augustus scored 19 points, and the Lynx overwhelmed the Dream by leading the entire game and shooting 49.4 percent from the field.
Angel McCoughtry finished with 17 points for the Dream, but she went 6-for-24 from the floor. Aneika Henry added 14 points for the Dream, which fell to 0-7 in the Finals since 2010. Atlanta was swept by Moore and the Lynx in 2011.
Game 2 will be Tuesday night in Minneapolis, with the best-of-five series shifting to Atlanta for Game 3 on Thursday night.
Henry and Erika de Souza gave the Dream some early production inside, but the Lynx didn’t bother tussling much with them in the post. They snagged the defensive rebounds they needed, enjoying a 31-19 advantage in that category, and launched swish after swish from the corners and the wings with some hustling, highlight-reel fastbreaks mixed in.
The Lynx went on a 15-0 run in the second quarter to pull away, with five players scoring during the spurt. They had 14 assists to the Dream’s four in the first half.
McCoughtry started the third quarter by clanking a 3-pointer off the rim. Then she had a fastbreak layup stolen by Lindsay Whalen on the next possession, her complaint to the officials for a foul call ignored.