Elena Delle Donne Outscores Entire Atlanta Dream Team in 4th Quarter to Lead Chicago Sky to Win

Elena Delle Donne led to the Chicago Sky to a stunning win in the WNBA playoffs on Tuesday night.

The Sky was down to the Atlanta Dream by 20 points but Donne singlehandedly outscored Atlanta 17-13 in the 4th quarter, and made the winning basket with 8.2 seconds left.

Her teammates chipped in 13 points to take the 81-80 win.

“We put the ball in her hands, and she made the plays,” coach Pokey Chatman told the Chicago Tribune.

“In the fourth quarter, they put the ball in my hands. The team trusted me,” Delle Donne said.

The win means the Sky won the best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinal series, 2-1. The Sky will open the conference finals against Indiana on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Indianapolis.

The outburst from Donne left fans amazed and her name trending on Twitter.


Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne (11), left, and guard Allie Quigley (14) celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Dream 81-80 in Game 3 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

“Incredible game!!! The comeback was amazing! @De11eDonne put her team on her back and took them to the finals!! Go Sky,” said one user.

“Baller Alert: @De11eDonne is a BOSS! She goes for 34 and helps her team overcome a 20-point deficit to get that dub!” said another user.

“17 points the last 6 mins! @De11eDonne crazy good!” said another.

Donne had 34 points overall on 10-19 shooting, including 3-5 from 3-point range and 11-11 from the foul line.

She also had four assists, two rebounds, three blocks, and one steal.

Tamera Young chipped in 16 points and five assists and Sylvia Fowles added 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Erika de Souza led the Dream with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Correction: A previous version of this article had the two teams wrong. Donne plays for the Sky, which won the game.

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