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Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson power Minnesota to 2nd WNBA championship in 3 years

  • Minnesota Lynx' Seimone Augustus (33) defends Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals basketball game in Duluth, Ga., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Minnesota Lynx' Seimone Augustus (33) defends Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals basketball game in Duluth, Ga., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Dream's Alex Brantley (2) walks down the court after play against the Minnesota Lynx during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals basketball game in Duluth, Ga., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Dream's Alex Brantley (2) walks down the court after play against the Minnesota Lynx during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals basketball game in Duluth, Ga., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Lynx' Devereaux Peters (14) vies for a loose ball against Atlanta Dream's Armintie Herrington (22) during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals basketball game in Duluth, Ga., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Minnesota Lynx' Devereaux Peters (14) vies for a loose ball against Atlanta Dream's Armintie Herrington (22) during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals basketball game in Duluth, Ga., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

Maya Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday night to win their second WNBA title in three years.

Tiffany Hayes finished with 20 points and Alex Bentley had 18 for Atlanta, which was swept in the best-of-5 finals for the third time in four years.

The Dream cut the lead to three points early in the third quarter, but Moore came off a screen on the next possession and hit a 3-pointer to make it 45-39. She and Brunson combined for 19 of Minnesota's 26 points in the third.

Atlanta forward Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA's two-time defending scoring champion, finished with 13 points and shot just 28.5 percent in the finals.