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Liberty beats Dream 83-76 in Cooper's return

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By MATT WINKELJOHN
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Tina Charles had 29 points and 14 rebounds as the New York Liberty beat Atlanta 83-76 to spoil Dream coach Michael Cooper's early return to the sideline.

Cooper missed Atlanta's past five games after being diagnosed with early-stage tongue cancer, and had surgery July 24. Team officials at the time said that Cooper, 58, was expected to miss about two weeks.

By winning eight of their past 12 games after a 4-11 start, the fourth-place Liberty (12-15) have pulled within five games of the first-place Dream (17-10) in the East, and New York took the season series against Atlanta 3-1.

Atlanta leads second-place Washington by 4.0 games, and Indiana by 4.5

Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta with 28 points, including four 3-pointrs, and Sancho Lyttle added 16 points for the Dream.

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