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WNBA: Sun conclude regular season with 14th straight win

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Natisha Hiedeman scored 16 points off the bench Sunday to lead three players in double figures as the Connecticut Sun set a WNBA record in their 84-64 win over the Atlanta Dream in Uncasville, Conn.

MVP candidate Jonquel Jones added 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Connecticut (26-6), which won its 14th straight game, the longest streak to end a season in league history. Brionna Jones contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Jasmine Thomas chipped in 10 points.

Courtney Williams scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Atlanta (8-24), which also got 14 points from Monique Billings. But the Dream made just 38.4 percent of their shots, including a miserable 2 of 20 on 3-pointers, and were outrebounded 50-33.

The Sun now have a nine-day break before starting their semifinal series at home on Sept. 28. By virtue of having the best regular-season record, they earned a double-bye into the semifinals and have homecourt advantage throughout the postseason.

Connecticut got a scare just 1:49 into the game when forward DeWanna Bonner left the game with a back injury. Bonner didn’t return to the game as the Sun opted to hold her out for the playoffs.

Nevertheless, Connecticut had its way early with Atlanta, establishing a 27-13 lead after one quarter thanks to a 10-2 spurt over the last 3:56 that saw five different players score. DiJonai Carrington finished it with a layup.

Jones connected on a short jumper with 2:26 left in the half to push the margin to 14, but the Dream made a push down the stretch and sliced the deficit to 46-37 at the half on a jumper by Williams.

The Sun controlled the third quarter, gradually extending the lead as high as 16 points when Stephanie Jones converted a layup with 18 seconds left. A bucket by Tianna Hawkins drew Atlanta within 68-54 going to the fourth period.

–Field Level Media

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