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Thursday August 27th, 2015 3:21PM

Pondexter, Carson lead Liberty past Atlanta 73-60

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA -- Cappie Pondexter had 14 points and a season-high 13 assists and Essence Carson added 14 points in the New York Liberty's 73-60 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night.

The Dream dropped their second straight game with Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA's leading scorer and shot blocker, injured and unable to play.

Sancho Lyttle and Lindsey Harding each finished with 13 points for Atlanta (4-7). Lyttle pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

New York (4-7) had plenty of incentive after last Friday's debacle, a 42-point loss that was the worst in team history and included 34-point halftime deficit that was the largest in league history.

The Liberty, who snapped a two-game skid, never trailed after Leilani Mitchell pulled up for a 15-foot fast-break jumper to make it 13-12 late in the first.

Harding fell backward while defending Carson with 4:40 remaining and had to be helped off the court with an apparent right leg injury.

New York went up 36-30 on Pondexter's 19-foot fadeaway in transition in the final minute of the second.

The Dream shot a season-low 35.3 percent. Lyttle, Harding and Jessica Moore each finished with three turnovers.

Kia Vaughn, who scored 12 points for the Liberty, hit a 14-foot jumper from the left baseline with 9:33 remaining to give New York its first double-digit lead at 60-49.

The Liberty improved to 2-4 on the road.

Atlanta, which fell to 4-4 at home, doesn't know how long McCoughtry will be out with a strained left knee ligament. She sat on the bench and encouraged her teammates, but was not in uniform.
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