Atlanta Dream

Dream End Sparks' Chase For History

The Los Angeles Sparks fell short of the fastest start in WNBA history Sunday when they lost to the Dream 91-74 in Atlanta.

Los Angeles (20-2) had tied the 1998 Houston Comets, who finished the regular season 27-3, for the fastest start. The loss also snapped the Sparks' WNBA record nine-game road winning streak to open a season.

Layshia Clarendon had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Atlanta. Angel McCoughtry had 17 points, Bria Holmes scored a career-high tying 15 and Tiffany Hayes added 14 points for the Dream (12-11).

McCoughtry scored five straight points during a 12-4 run to close the third quarter, giving the Dream their biggest lead to that point,...