It truly was a tightly contested game 2 in the WNBA finals as neither team led by double digits during a fairly up and down affair. The Dream, behind a very balanced scoring attack early, took an early 5 point lead in the first quarter that would end up being their biggest margin in the game. Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson both were dominating in the second quarter, pulling the Storm ahead by as much as 7 before a flurry of Dream jumpshots (including a buzzer beater from McCoughtry) cut it two at the half.
The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, with the Dream staging a third quarter rally to reclaim the lead before some costly turnovers and missed free throws gave the Storm back the lead. That lead stretched out to 8 points, when the Storm were leading 81-73 following a 3 pointer-again by Swim Cash, who was clutch all night for the home team-with 2:10 remaining. The Dream would convert their next two possessions, cutting the lead down to four and getting the ball back with 44 seconds left. A crucial, crucial missed three by pointer, which would have cut the lead to one, proved decision, as Angel McCoughtry mis-fired from deep.
After that, thee Dream were forced to foul in the game’s waning seconds, and Tanisha Wright, Lauren Jackson, and Sue Bird each converted their free throw attempts to remain out of striking distance. One thing you have to love about these girls is that when things get down, they don’t hang their heads and mope; they’ve battled back every time they’d encountered a tough stretch (something I can really appreciate after watching the Hawks getting trounced by the Magic back in April).