Tiffany Hayes

Hayes Scores 24, Dream Edge Sparks 75-73

ATLANTA — Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 24 points, including a critical free throw with 12 seconds to play, and the Atlanta Dream handed the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks their second-straight loss, 75-73 on Saturday night.

After Hayes, a former UConn standout, made one of two from the line, Atlanta (3-1) led 75-71. Chelsea Gray was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 6.8 seconds remaining and after making her first two attempts, she missed the third on purpose. However, Hayes grabbed the rebound and released the ball down court as time ran out.

Layshia Clarendon was the only starter not in double figures for Atlanta. She had nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds....