They'll get another chance at slowing her down when they host the streaking Lynx in the finale of a home-and-home set Sunday.
Brunson was named the Western Conference's player of the week Monday and she continued her hot start with 18 points and 14 rebounds in Minnesota's 96-85 win over Atlanta on Friday. The Lynx (4-1) have won four straight since dropping their season opener.
Brunson is averaging 15.4 points and 14.0 rebounds and has recorded a double-double in each of her team's first five games, one shy of the WNBA record to start a year.
In just her second season with the Lynx, Brunson has also tied Nicky Anosike's franchise record for double-doubles with 17.
"Somehow you've got to tie her shoestrings together and not let her jump," Dream coach Marynell Meadors joked. "We didn't do a good job of keeping her off the boards, but she's a great rebounder."
Not to be outdone by Brunson, Seimone Augustus had a season-high 25 points Friday, including 15 in the second half, despite leaving briefly with a hip contusion. Minnesota, which had four of five starters score in double figures, is shooting 54.4 percent in its last two games.
Atlanta (1-4) will try to do a better job defensively, although the struggling Dream are giving up 86.4 points per game - among the worst in the league.
Meadors said part of the problem Friday was that Atlanta was without 6-foot-4 Sancho Lyttle, who was competing for Spain's national team in EuroBasket Women 2011, a qualifying tournament for the London Olympics. She will also miss the next five games.
"That's the one that can match up with (Brunson)," Meadors said. "We don't have anyone to match up with her."
Lyttle is averaging 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. Without her, Angel McCoughtry will try to build off her best performance of 2011 after scoring a season-high 27 points Friday.
With McCoughtry heating up after a slow start hindered by a sprained knee, the Dream will try again for their first home win as they open a five-game homestand. Atlanta has allowed an average of 96.0 points while dropping its first two games at Philips Arena.
Minnesota lost 76-58 in its last visit to Atlanta on July 1.