Maya Moore had 23 points and seven rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx defeat the Atlanta Dream 84-59 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.
Monica Wright scored 20 points and Seimone Augustus added 19 to give the Lynx the advantage in the best-of-five series.
Angel McCoughtry led the Dream with 17 points, but she made just six of 24 shots. The Dream shot 31 percent from the field.
The Lynx shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded the Dream 44-35.
Game 2 will be played Tuesday in Minneapolis.
Minnesota led 29-23 in the second quarter before going on a 15-0 run. Atlanta didn't score for more than five minutes during that stretch.
McCoughtry, the league's leading scorer in the regular season, picked up her third foul on a charge with 3:27 left in the first half.
Minnesota shot 54 percent in the first half to take a 44-25 lead at the half. Moore scored 13 points and Augustus and Wright added 10 before the break.
Atlanta made a run early in the third quarter. Powered by a pair of baskets by McCoughtry, the Dream cut Minnesota's lead to 48-34.
The Lynx quickly responded with a 6-2 run, with all three baskets coming from Moore, to give Minnesota a 54-36 lead.
Minnesota center Janel McCarville made a 3-pointer to push Minnesota's lead to 60-41 with about a minute left in the third quarter. Wright's 3-point play with 21 seconds left in the third quarter bumped the lead to more than 20 points for the first time. Augustus closed the third quarter with a 3-pointer to give the Lynx a 68-43 lead at the end of the period.
NOTES: The Lynx are making their third straight Finals appearance. Minnesota swept Atlanta two years ago and lost to the Indiana Fever 3-1 last year. ... Atlanta was making its third Finals appearance. The Dream also lost to the Seattle Storm in 2010. ... Moore was second in the WNBA's MVP balloting this season. McCoughtry was fifth. ... McCoughtry and Armintie Harrington were on the league's all-defense team.