7th-seeded Liberty beat No. 2 Sky in Game 1 of the playoffs

New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu, left, looks for a pass for Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner during the first half of Game 1 of a WNBA basketball first-round playoff series on Wednesday, 17 August 2022 in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu, left, looks for a pass for Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner during the first half of Game 1 of a WNBA basketball first-round playoff series on Wednesday, 17 August 2022 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Sabrina Ionescu had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Natasha Howard also had 22 points, and seventh-seeded New York Liberty beat defending champion Chicago Sky 98-91 on Wednesday night in the season opener. WNBA playoffs.

New York scored the final 13 points of the fourth quarter as Chicago missed 10 of its last 11 shots.

Betnijah Laney added 17 points and Stefanie Dolson scored 13 points for New York, which set a franchise scoring record in the playoffs.

Kahleah Copper led second-seeded Sky with 21 points. Allie Quigley scored 18 points and Candace Parker had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Saturday in Chicago.

AS 79, MERCURY 63

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kelsey Plum had 22 points, Chelsea Gray scored nine of 17 points in the fourth quarter and top-seeded Las Vegas beat shorthanded Phoenix.

Jackie Young added 16 points for Las Vegas

Diamond DeShields had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Mercury. Phoenix No. 8 was without stars Diana Taurasi (quadruple) and Skylar Diggins-Smith (personal reasons), and Shey Peddy was blown off the ground with 2:03 remaining in the third after a non-contact injury.

Game 2 will take place on Saturday in Las Vegas.

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