All the momentum was on the Washington Mystics' side going into their opening-round series with the Atlanta Dream, and it carried into Game 1.
If things stay that way Saturday night, Washington will notch the second playoff series victory in franchise history and Atlanta will leave the postseason without a win for the first time in four years.
Though both teams entered this best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with 17-17 records, the Mystics were riding a three-game winning streak and the Dream had dropped four straight. Atlanta had the higher seed and home-court advantage for winning the season series 3-2, but Washington won the final two matchups and made it three in a row with a relatively easy 71-56 victory Thursday.
"I think we were very confident going into the game," said Mystics guard Monique Currie, who had 10 points and five assists. "We had won the last two meetings with them, we had a very good gameplan and we executed it very well. OK, we didn't think w...