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July 6, 2018 – Thursday night’s WNBA action was full of record breaking across the league, as Rebekkah Brunson and Diana Taurasi made history.

In their matchup against rival Los Angeles, Rebekkah Brunson grabbed 12 boards to surpass Lisa Leslie (3,307) and Tamika Catchings (3,316) to become the WNBA’s All-Time Leading Rebounder with 3,317. Brunson would also add 15 points to help Minnesota (11-7) to an 83-72 victory.

In Phoenix, the Mercury (14-5) congratulated long time vet Diana Taurasi as she became the league’s leader in All-Time Field Goals Made with 2,631, surpassing Tina Thompson. Taurasi would drop 25 points alongside Brittney Griner’s 23 points to give the Mercury the 84-77 win over Connecticut, and move into sole possession of first place in league standings.

In Arlington, Dallas (9-8) closed out a three game homestand with consecutive victories as the Wings defeated the Indiana Fever (2-17), 90-63. Indiana would trail the entire game getting only as close as 47-36 early in the third. The Wings had a monster night on the boards taking a 20-5 advantage in the first half, before winning the battle overall, 47-22. Rookie Azura Stevens scored a career-high 26 points, while Indiana’s Candice Dupree matched a season high with 21 points.

Check out the box scores from all of Thursday night’s matchups below.

Washington Mystics 86, New York Liberty 67

Dallas Wings 90, Indiana Fever 63

Minnesota Lynx 83, Los Angeles Sparks 72

Las Vegas Aces 84, Chicago Sky 80

Phoenix Mercury 84, Connecticut Sun 77

Tonight’s sole game features the Atlanta Dream (8-8) and the Seattle Storm (13-5) on WNBA League Pass at 7 PM ET. The Storm will be chasing their fourth straight victory, after a 77-62 road win against New York on Tuesday. Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd scored 21 points each to pace Seattle in that win. The Dream return home after pulling off an 87-83 victory over Indiana on Sunday on the road. Brittney Sykes led Atlanta with 20 points and seven assists. Tiffany Hayes and Angel McCoughtry added 19 and 15 points, respectively for the Dream. Be sure to check out the game tonight on League Pass.

Storm, Dream Game Preview

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The Seattle Storm (14-16) visit McCamish Pavilion in the third and final regular season match up against the Atlanta Dream (10-20) tonight, on WNBA League Pass.

With this season series tied 1-1 and postseason play on the line, both squads will be fighting for a victory. The Dream much more so, having dropped nine games straight. Atlanta’s last victory (July 25) came against the Phoenix Mercury in a 99-91 overtime battle. With only four games left to play, the Dream are four games out from the eighth and final playoff spot. The Dream will need to bring all they’ve got if they want to stay in the race.

The visiting Storm are making a late playoff run after winning four games in a row to push them to seventh place in league standings. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. Seattle’s timely success comes after a late coaching change that saw assistant Gary Kloppenburg promoted to interim coach on Aug. 10, after the Storm parted ways with coach Jenny Boucek. In the team’s 103-66 blowout win over Chicago, Seattle recorded a franchise-record 34 assists, as the Storm went over the century mark for the second time this season. Breanna Stewart, who was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season, led all scorers Sunday, with 19 points.

Tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, as the Storm and the Dream fight to keep their playoff ambitions alive, and Seattle veteran Sue Bird goes for the WNBA’s all-time assist leader. Bird needs 12 assists to pass Ticha Penicheiro.

Sun, Dream Game Preview

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The streaking Connecticut Sun (17-9) head to McCamish Pavilion to take on the Atlanta Dream (10-18) in their third and final meeting of the regular season.

With this season series tied, both teams will be hungry for a victory, but for different reasons. Connecticut has secured their playoff berth and are looking to stay hot after rolling off five straight home wins. The Sun cruised to a 104-71 victory the last time they saw the Dream, with five players from Connecticut scoring in double figures. In their most recent win over Dallas, both Alyssa Thomas and Jonquel Jones had double-doubles as the Sun beat the Wings 96-88. Thomas scored 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while Jones added 19 points and 16 boards. Courtney Williams also finished with 19 points.

Desperate for a win, Atlanta has just six games left on their regular season schedule to try and move up the ranks for that eighth and final playoff spot. Sitting at No.10 in league standings, the Dream have struggled to finish games dropping seven in a row. In Saturday’s loss to San Antonio, the Dream were led by Brittney Sykes with 28 points, and Elizabeth Williams finished with 16.

Tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m ET, on NBATV.