Sophie Cunningham hit 6 of 9 3-pointers for a career-high 21 factors and Brianna Turner made the successful free throw with lower than a second to play, giving the Phoenix Mercury an 83-82 win over the New York Liberty in a first-round WNBA playoff sport on Thursday night time.

The upstart Liberty had tied the sport on Betnijah Laney’s lengthy 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left, however the Mercury acquired the ball to Turner beneath the basket on the following inbounds play, forcing Sami Whitcomb to foul with 0.4 seconds remaining.

Turner’s first free throw rimmed out however she calmly made the second, shifting the fifth-seeded Mercury into the second spherical. Phoenix will play one other single-elimination sport at fourth-seeded Seattle on Sunday.

Sabrina Ionescu’s last-second heave did not come shut for the eighth-seeded Liberty, who at at 12-20 had the worst regular-season successful proportion of any playoff crew in WNBA historical past.

Skylar Diggins-Smith led Phoenix with 22 factors and Brittney Griner had 16 factors, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Turner had 12 factors and 9 rebounds.

Laney led New York with 25 factors, Natasha Howard had 16 factors and 10 rebounds, and Ionescu completed with 14 factors and 11 assists.

Phoenix hit eight of its first 10 photographs to race to an 11-point lead, however by the tip of the primary quarter the Liberty had minimize the deficit to 24-23. New York surged forward by as many as six earlier than main 41-37 on the half.

Cunningham saved the Mercury within the sport with 12 factors within the third quarter, however they could not shake the Liberty.