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Tina Charles leads Liberty's win over Atlanta Dream

New York Liberty center Tina Charles (31) shoots

New York Liberty center Tina Charles (31) shoots over China National Team center Liu Jiacen (12) during the first half of a WNBA exhibition game between the New York Liberty and the Chinese National Team in Brooklyn, NY on May 9, 2019. Credit: Corey Sipkin

ATLANTA — Tina Charles had 17 of her 24 points in the first half and the New York Liberty beat the Atlanta Dream 74-58 on Sunday.

The Liberty (5-7) pulled away with 10 straight points to start the second quarter and led 39-28 at halftime.

Renee Montgomery made a pair of 3-pointers to help Atlanta cut the deficit to 56-48 at the end of the third quarter, but the Dream (2-8) would get no closer in the fourth.

Brittany Boyd scored 15 points and No. 2 overall pick Asia Durr added 11 points for New York in her return to her hometown. Reshanda Gray had eight points and 15 rebounds.

New York has gone 5-3 after opening the season with four straight losses.

Brittney Sykes was 4 of 5 from 3-point range and tied a season high with 18 points for the Dream. Renee Montgomery added 11 points and Elizabeth Williams scored 10.

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