On Friday night, the Minnesota Lynx were back in action looking to keep distance at the top of the WNBA standings with a road game against the Atlanta Dream. Sylvia Fowles helped lead the way for her team to claim their 18th victory of the season, keeping the Dream below .500 for the standings. Here's the latest Lynx vs. Dream game recap including top performers, as well as a look at the WNBA standings and what's up next for these two teams.

WNBA game recap

WNBA All-Star Sylvia Fowles tallied 29 points for the Minnesota Lynx in the latest win. Fowles shot 11-for-15 from the field, hit 7-of-10 free throws, grabbed eight rebounds, had three blocks, two steals, and two assists. Her teammate Seimone Augusts recorded a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. The WNBA All-Star Game MVP Maya Moore added 17 points, while Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and eight boards.

For the Atlanta Dream, All-Star Tiffany Hayes shot 9-for-17 including 3-of-9 three-pointers to finish with 25 points. Hayes also dished out five assists. Teammate Layshia Clarendon had 10 points and eight assists, while Brittney Sykes scored just 13 points. Center Erika Williams recorded just two points and a rebound in limited time on the court.

Of note, Sancho Lyttle grabbed six rebounds in the game which moved her to the top spot as the all-time rebounds leader for the Atlanta Dream.

For the game, Minnesota took the lead 45-41 at the half and then went on a 26-18 scoring pace for the third quarter. The Dream won the fourth 21-19 but it wasn't enough to make a comeback from down double-digits. Minnesota shot an impressive 56.1 percent from the field while the home team shot just under 47 percent. In addition, the Lynx grabbed 30 boards compared to 22 for the Dream.

Standings & what's next

Friday's victory puts the Minnesota Lynx at 18-2 overall and 9-1 on the road.

The team still boasts the best overall record in the WNBA standings. The Lynx will play again on Sunday night (July 30) when they host the Seattle Storm starting at 7 pm ET.

For the Atlanta Dream, they fall to two games under .500 with their 10-12 overall record. The team is also 7-4 at home. Atlanta gets a chance to bounce back with a home win against the Washington Mystics on Sunday, July 30 at 3 pm ET.

These two teams will meet again next week, as they have a meeting in Minnesota scheduled. The game will be featured on ESPN2 beginning at 8 pm ET on Thursday, August 3.

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