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Skylar Diggins helps Wings avoid late collapse over Liberty

Dallas Wings forward Karima Christmas (13) drives to

Dallas Wings forward Karima Christmas (13) drives to the basket against the defense of New York Liberty forward Tina Charles (31) during first-quarter WNBA basketball game action Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. Credit: AP / Steve Hamm

ARLINGTON, Texas — Skylar Diggins’ driving layup gave Dallas a four-point lead with 14.9 seconds left and the Wings held on to beat the New York Liberty 84-81 on Sunday.

Sugar Rodgers hit a deep three with 5.6 seconds left that pulled the Liberty back within one. Diggins then made both free throws and Rodgers missed a difficult three-point attempt from the baseline as time ran out.

Karima Christmas had 23 points, Aerial Powers added 15 and Courtney Paris scored 13 for 11th-ranked Dallas (11-21).

The third-ranked Liberty (21-11) trailed by 22 late in the second quarter but went on a 12-0 run to span both halves and cut the deficit to four before the end of the third quarter.

Dallas was back in control at 80-70 before the Liberty scored eight straight. But New York was unable to move in front and Diggins’ final four points secured the win.

Tina Charles had 29 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for New York. Rodgers scored 15 and Carolyn Swords added 14.


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