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Liberty rally past Sparks

Sep 9, 2012 - 11:07 PM Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Cappie Pondexter registered a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, Plenette Pierson scored 17 points and the New York Liberty battled back to beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 73-71, on Sunday.

Essence Carson supplied 14 points for the Liberty, who moved into fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

New York, which erased a 15-point deficit, are a half-game ahead of Chicago for the final playoff berth. The Sky were beaten by Connecticut later Sunday.

Kristi Toliver paced playoff-bound Los Angeles with 17 points, while Candace Parker totaled 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Carson drained a 3-pointer, tying the game at 70-all with 48.1 seconds remaining. Pondexter then made two free throws to put New York ahead. Toliver missed a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining after teammate Ebony Hoffman sank a free throw.

Pondexter's free throw with 2.2 seconds remaining sealed the win.