Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Angel McCoughtry had 18 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever 84-79 on Thursday night for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Armintie Herrington finished with 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists for the Dream.
McCoughtry scored on a three-point play to give the Dream an 81-75 lead with 1:07 left.
The league's leading scorer made three free throws down the stretch to give Atlanta the win.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 21 points, while Erlana Larkins had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Karima Christmas and Shavonte Zellous each had 15 points.
Game 2 in the best-of-three series is at Indiana on Sunday.
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