The New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx are moving on in the WNBA playoffs after both won decisive Game 3s in the conference semifinals on Tuesday.
Tina Charles scored 22 points and Sugar Rodgers added 20 to help the top-seeded Liberty beat the Washington Mystics 79-74 and advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2010.
In the West, Maya Moore had 20 points and eight rebounds to help the balanced Lynx reach the conference finals by defeating the Los Angeles Sparks 91-80.
The Liberty trailed 72-71 with 1:46 left when Kiah Stokes hit a layup off a nifty assist from Rodgers. After a steal on the other end by Rodgers, she hit a layup with 58 seconds left to give New York a three-point lead.
Epiphanny Prince then hit a 15-footer with 20 seconds left, and Ivory Latta's 3-pointer was blocked with 5 seconds remaining as New York held on for the win.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana will be Wednesday because the Pope is coming to New York and will be at Madison Square Gardens on Friday.
Moore was just 6 for 21 from the floor, but Seimone Augustus added 16 points and Deveraux Peters scored 12 big points off the bench to push the top-seeded Lynx into their fifth straight conference finals.
They will play Phoenix, which swept Tulsa in the other semifinal. Game 1 is on Thursday night in Minnesota.