The Atlanta Dream and the Minnesota Lynx both won in overtime in their last games.
The Dream (4-2) continued their hot streak with a 90-87 victory at New York last Saturday. The Lynx (1-4) got their first victory of the season when they beat visiting Connecticut 79-74 on Sunday.
The Dream and the Lynx will try to continue their momentum when they meet Friday night in the first contest of a two-game series in Minneapolis. Game 2 is Sunday night.
Courtney Williams made a 3-pointer on each of Atlanta’s final two overtime possessions to tie the score and provided the winning points with 1.6 seconds left against the Liberty.
During a timeout to set up the winning play, Williams said she told interim head coach Mike Petersen, “give me the ball.”
“Court, that sounds like a great idea,” Petersen said he replied, before adding after the game, “If I don’t give her the ball there, I’m the dumbest man in history.”
Williams, who is averaging 19.5 points and shooting 55.2 percent on 3-pointers, finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. The Dream have won four straight.
“We’re a problem. A lot of teams are seeing that,” Williams said. “We have it rolling.”
The Lynx aren’t rolling but they took an important first step against the Sun.
Layshia Clarendon scored five of her 12 points in overtime and contributed a defensive spark in her Minnesota debut.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve called Clarendon the “difference in the game.”
Clarendon signed with the Lynx after being released by New York and completing a league-mandated quarantine.
She ran the point for her new team and made a 3-pointer that gave Minnesota the lead for good with 1:06 left in overtime.
“It was brutal,” Clarendon said of learning on the fly. “My head was spinning.”
Minnesota, which outscored the Sun 24-11 down the stretch, trailed by eight with just over a minute left in regulation.
“Far and away our best defensive game of the year,” Reeve said. “That was what I think gave us that life, and then we hit shots at exactly the right time.”