ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tina Charles had 18 points and 18 rebounds to help New York clinch the third seed in the playoffs with an 82-81 win over the Dallas Wings on Sunday and extend the Liberty’s winning streak to 10 games.
The Liberty (22-12) matched the franchise record for longest winning streak and have a first-round bye. The seventh-seeded Wings (16-18) play at No. 6 Washington in a one-game playoff on Wednesday.
Trailing 82-79 after a Charles putback with 22.1 seconds to play, the Wings missed, but forced a turnover and Aerial Powers scored on a putback with 3.7 seconds left. When the Liberty inbounded the ball in the frontcourt after a timeout, they had a backcourt violation, giving Dallas one last shot. Skylar Diggins-Smith’s attempt from the 3-point line bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
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There were 12 ties and 10 lead changes in the game.
Epiphanny Prince led New York with 20 points.
Glory Johnson led the Wings with 17 points, Diggins-Smith had 16 and Powers 14.