The Storm had its three-game winnng streak snapped in an 87-74 loss at Atlanta, but Sue Bird set a WNBA record for career games played.
ATLANTA — Elizabeth Williams scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Atlanta Dream win their franchise-record seventh straight game with an 87-74 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday afternoon.
Seattle’s Sue Bird, already the all-time WNBA assists leader, played her 500th career game, passing DeLisha Milton-Jones (499) for the WNBA record for games played.
Angel McCoughtry and Tiffany Hayes added 16 points each for Atlanta, which took the season series 2-1 with the win over the Storm.
The Dream (15-9) scored the last five points of the second quarter and led 50-34 after Hayes’ three-pointer to open the third. The Storm (18-7) cut the deficit to 52-45 in the middle of the third but got no closer.
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The Storm still has the best record in the WNBA.
Breanna Stewart had 31 points and eight rebounds for Seattle, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Bird added 12 points with four three-pointers and Jewell Loyd scored 11 points.
The Storm was held to just 40.3 percent (29 for 72) shooting, its third-lowest shooting performance of the season.
Atlanta outrebounded Seattle 42-35 and owned a plus-20 advantage in points in the paint.
The Storm suffered its first road loss of July, falling to 4-1 this month on the road.
Seattle closes its four-game road swing before the WNBA All-Star break at the Indiana Fever on Tuesday with tipoff set for 4 p.m. PDT.