Brittney Sykes and Elena Delle Donne

The surging Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association were just one win away from heading to the WNBA finals when they were routed 97-76 by the Washington Mystics in game 4 on Sunday. The Dream was hobbled by the return of 6-ft-5 small forward Elena Delle Donne from what appeared to be a season-ending injury in game 2.

Delle Donne, pictured above right, suffered a bone bruise in her left knee late in the 4th quarter of game 2. The Dream won that game 78-75, and it looked like they would coast to the WNBA Finals.

But after sitting out Friday’s loss to the Dream, Delle Donne returned Sunday and led the Mystics to a decisive win over our hometown team.

Brittney Sykes, pictured above left, Tiffany Hayes, Montgomery, and Jessica Breland each scored 12 points for the Dream on Sunday.

Game 5 in the best-of-5 series is today, Sept. 4, at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET).

Experience is on the Dream’s side with four WNBA finals appearances. The Mystics have never reached the WNBA finals in franchise history.

Go Dream!