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The Liberty's Leilani Mitchell smiles as she is (Credit: AP)

The Liberty's Leilani Mitchell smiles as she is congratulated by teammates after hitting a shot at the buzzer against the the Mercury during the first half. (Aug. 23, 2012)

Liberty 89, Mercury 77

The Liberty defeated the Phoenix Mercury 89-77 in Phoenix.

The Liberty's Leilani Mitchell, right, steals the ball
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The Liberty's Leilani Mitchell, right, steals the ball from the Mercury's Avery Warley during the second half. (Aug. 23, 2012)

The Liberty's Kara Braxton, left, battles the Mercury's
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The Liberty's Kara Braxton, left, battles the Mercury's Krystal Thomas for a rebound during the first half. (Aug. 23, 2012)

The Liberty's Alex Montgomery fouls the Mercury's DeWanna
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The Liberty's Alex Montgomery fouls the Mercury's DeWanna Bonner as she goes up for a shot during the first half. (Aug. 23, 2012)

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The Liberty's Plenette Pierson scores ahead of the
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The Liberty's Plenette Pierson scores ahead of the Mercury's DeWanna Bonner during the second half. (Aug. 23, 2012)

The Liberty's Leilani Mitchell smiles as she is
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The Liberty's Leilani Mitchell smiles as she is congratulated by teammates after hitting a shot at the buzzer against the the Mercury during the first half. (Aug. 23, 2012)

The Mercury's Diana Taurasi, middle, and Briana Gilbreath,
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The Mercury's Diana Taurasi, middle, and Briana Gilbreath, left, talk with Samantha Prahalis at the end of the first half. (Aug. 23, 2012)

The Mercury's Alexis Hornbuckle screams after the play
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The Mercury's Alexis Hornbuckle screams after the play was stopped by officials after she thought she stole the ball from a Liberty player during the first half. (Aug. 23, 2012)

The Liberty's Essence Carson, left, battles the Mercury's
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The Liberty's Essence Carson, left, battles the Mercury's Samantha Prahalis for the ball during the first half. (Aug. 23, 2012)

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The Liberty's Cappie Pondexter, front, grimaces as she
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The Liberty's Cappie Pondexter, front, grimaces as she gets fouled by the Mercury's Krystal Thomas, left, as teammate Briana Gilbreath also defends her during the second half of a game in Phoenix. (Aug. 23, 2012)

The Mercury's Diana Taurasi, left, and Avery Warley
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The Mercury's Diana Taurasi, left, and Avery Warley watch as their team loses to the the Liberty. (Aug. 23, 2012)

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