Dream cruises past mystics

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Dream cruises past mystics

ATLANTA (AP) -- Lindsey Harding and Armintie Price made sure that the Atlanta Dream bounced back from a tough double-overtime loss in their previous game. Harding had 15 points and nine assists, Price scored nine of her 15 in the first quarter and the Dream led by 30 points while cruising to a 93-68 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday. Atlanta (16-14) shot 58 percent, had 29 assists on 40 baskets and scored scored 52 points in the paint. On Friday night, the Dream squandered a 25-point halftime lead against defending champion Minnesota before losing 97-93 in two overtimes. "We're at our best when we share the ball," Harding said. "We didn't play badly at Minnesota. We played well. We wanted to keep that same level of play and the same intensity." Price believes the Dream, who have reached the WNBA Finals in each of the last two years before getting swept in the title round, can take something positive from the tough loss. "We're trying to win a championship," Price said. "We know that we have to learn from every game and keep getting better. We want to get off to good start in every game and that's what we were able to do." Erika DeSouza had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and 10 players scored for Atlanta. Cathrine Kraayeveld had 11 points, Tiffany Hayes added 10 with seven assists. Angel McCoughry, who came in averaging a league-leading 21.1 points per game and had 30 in the loss to the Lynx, scored eight against Washington. "That game on the road at Minnesota was a good proving factor for us," coach Fred Williams said. "We wanted to come out and play hard again." Crystal Langhorne and Noelle Quinn scored 12 points each for the league-worst Mystics (5-24), who lost their eighth straight. Monique Currie and Jasmine Thomas added 10 points each, and Ashley Robinson grabbed 13 rebounds. Washington committed 19 turnovers while shooting 37 percent. "I think it was some mental lapses, especially in the first half," Washington coach Trudi Lacey said. "Just not getting back on defense. We talk about it as part of our game plan and for whatever reason we didn't do it. Against a good playoff team like that you obviously can't make those kind of mistakes." The Dream shot 61 percent in the first half and led 44-20 in the second quarter before settling for a 46-27 halftime lead. Atlanta had 26 points in the paint and scored 14 on the fast break. Washington shot just 28 percent in the first half and committed 12 turnovers. Atlanta made nine of its first 11 shots and led 20-9 before Washington cut the margin to 22-15 at the end of the first quarter. But the Dream went on a 22-2 run in the second quarter to go up 44-20. Price made her first four shots and had nine of her 11 first-half points in the opening quarter. Harding had six assists in the first half. "We wanted to set the tone early," Williams said. "We saw a lot of combination passes, especially in the first half." The Mystics cut Atlanta's lead to 60-45, but the Dream ended the third quarter on an 8-0 run go up by 23 points going into the final quarter. The lead reached 30 points at 88-58. Atlanta beat Washington twice last month without McCoughtry, including an 82-59 home victory on Aug. 30. The teams meet for the final time at Washington on Friday.

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3 bold predictions: Washington looks to snap skid in Philadelphia

3 bold predictions: Washington looks to snap skid in Philadelphia

The Caps have lost both of their games since returning from the bye. They will look to get snap that skid Wednesday in Philadelphia against the Flyers (8 p.m., NBCSN). Here are three bold predictions for the game.

1. Washington will lead after the first period

The Caps had bad starts in both of their games over the weekend, especially on Sunday against the Rangers in which they gave up 19 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes. Washington knows that to get back to their winning ways, they need a strong start Wednesday.

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2. Players will be given matching minors

It’s always contentious when the Caps play the Flyers, especially when the game is in Philadelphia. I would call for a fight, but no one fights anymore. At some point, things will get heated to the point that a player from each side will be sent to cool off in the penalty box.

3. Washington’s third line will score

This is not so much as a prediction as it is a challenge. In the two games the Caps have played against the Flyers this season, Andre Burakovsky has scored in both games. Burakovsky, however, is out with injury and Zach Sanford is in his place. The third line has been able to find success against Philadelphia this season and that will continue tonight with Sanford playing alongside Brett Connolly and Lars Eller.

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2017 NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Tracking the latest deadline deals and updates

2017 NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Tracking the latest deadline deals and updates

The 2017 NBA Trade Deadline takes place at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 23 and teams are scrambling to add to their roster to shore up for a postseason run.

The rumors and deals are already beginning to ramp up, with speculation running rampant.

Follow along with our trade tracker as we update with the latest breaking news regarding players being traded to new destinations as teams prepare for the second half of the NBA season.

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Feb. 22: The Washington Wizards improve their bench scoring by trading Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough.

Feb. 22: The New York Knicks are looking for a trade partner who wants to acquire C Kyle O'Quinn.

Feb. 22: Ricky Rubio's time with the Minnesota Timberwolves could be coming to an end, as the team is reportedly interested in trading him to the New York Knicks for former NBA MVP Derrick Rose.

Feb. 22: The Atlanta Hawks do not appear interested in trading all-star forward Paul Millsap.

Feb. 22: It is becoming more and more likely that the Indiana Pacers will look to trade All-Star SG/SF Paul George, but finding a balanced trade might be interesting. 

Feb. 21: Lou Williams, a potential Wizards trade target, was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets for SG/SF Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick.

Feb. 21: The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics are reportedly talking about a deal that would involve sending Jimmy Butler to Boston, but Jae Crowder seems to be a sticking point. 

Feb. 21: The Detroit Pistons are actively shopping talented young big man Andre Drummond. The team made inquiries to the Sacramento Kings about a deal for DeMarcus Cousins, but the offer was reportedly rebuffed.

Feb. 21: The Philadelphia 76ers have been interested in trading big man Jahlil Okafor for awhile now. The Indiana Pacers are reportedly interested in possible acquiring his services. NBA.com's David Aldridge says that the 76ers will absolutely trade Okafor by the deadline. The 76ers reportedly offered to trade Okafor to the Detroit Pistons, but the trade was turned back

Feb. 19: Shortly after the ending of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, the Sacramento Kings finally pulled the trigger, trading All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for for guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, along with a 2017 first and second round pick.

Feb 14.: The Orlando Magic trade C Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors for F/G Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick. 

Feb. 12: The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets swap big men. The Nuggets dealt Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick to the Rose City for athletic center Mason Plumlee.