- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Ivory Latta scored 15 points and Emma Meesseman added 13 to help the Washington Mystics beat the top-seeded New York Liberty 86-83 in double-overtime Friday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tayler Hill added 13 points for the Mystics, who will host Game 2 on Sunday.

Meesseman tied the game at 80 with 2:28 left in the second overtime. Kara Lawson, who was playing for the first time since sitting out the final eight games of the regular season with a back injury, gave Washington the lead with a lay-in with 1:44 left.

Hill added a free throw 42 seconds later to make it a 3-point game. New York didn’t have a basket in the second overtime after Tanisha Wright’s 3-pointer opened the scoring until Epiphanny Prince hit a 3 with 1.1 seconds left that made it 85-83.

LYNX 67, SPARKS 65

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Maya Moore scored a career playoff-high 33 points to help top-seeded Minnesota win the opener of this Western Conference semifinals series.

Seimone Augustus, back after missing the last eight games of the regular season due to a foot injury, added 17 points for the Lynx.

Candace Parker had 16 points and nine rebounds and Nneka Ogwumike added 14 points for Los Angeles.

The Sparks used a 9-0 run to pull to 61-60 on Jantel Lavender’s layup with about 5 minutes to go. However, Moore’s fast-break basket gave Minnesota a three-point lead with just over a minute to play.

Los Angeles had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but Parker missed a shot under the basket as time expired.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday at Long Beach State due to the Emmy Awards happening near Staples Center.

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