Crimson-hot Liberty maintain off Dream to clinch WNBA playoff berth

Natasha Howard scored 18 factors and hit an enormous 3-pointer within the ultimate minute as New York defeated Atlanta 87-83 at Barclays Heart on Sunday, sending the Liberty to the WNBA playoffs.

With New York main 80-79 in a back-and-forth fourth quarter, Howard hit a 24-footer to place the Liberty up by 4 with 55 seconds remaining. The Dream prolonged their ensuing possession by amassing a few offensive rebounds earlier than Aari McDonald made a driving layup to path 83-81 with 26 seconds left. Sabrina Ionescu and Howard each made two free throws for New York and the Liberty led by six earlier than McDonald made one other layup to shut out the scoring.

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The win, New York’s sixth in its previous eight video games, clinched a playoff spot. The Liberty (16-20) would be the seventh or eighth seed relying on the end result of the later sport between Phoenix and Chicago. A Phoenix win would give the Mercury the seventh seed; a Chicago win would give New York the seventh seed.

Atlanta (14-22) misplaced its fourth in a row and sixth in its previous eight video games.

Betnijah Laney drives to the basket for the Liberty.
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Marine Johannes scored 18 factors on 6-of-8 3-point taking pictures for New York. Stefanie Dolson added 15 factors and 12 rebounds.

Rhyne Howard had 24 factors and 7 assists for Atlanta. Monique Billings added 15 factors, Maya Caldwell 14 and McDonald 11.

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