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Sky 85, Dream 68

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Sylvia Fowles scored 18 points and Elene Delle Donne added 15 as the Chicago Sky clinched their first WNBA Eastern Conference title with an 85-68 victory over Atlanta on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.

The victory gives Chicago home-court advantage through the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Sky (21-8) led 25-17 after one quarter and 40-39 at halftime and put the game away in the third quarter when they outscored the Dream 30-11.

Rookie Alex Bentley paced Atlanta (14-13) with 19 points and Angel McCoughtry added 17. Tamera Young scored 12 points for Chicago.

The victory gave the Sky a 2-1 season edge over the Dream and a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series. The Dream have now dropped four straight games.

Chicago remains one game behind Minnesota for the WNBA's best overall record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Minnesota maintained the edge with a 97-74 victory over Seattle on Saturday.

The Sky are idle until Sept. 6 when they play host to Indiana.

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