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Connecticut Sun Beat New York Liberty 78-73 In Season Opener

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Asjha Jones made a tiebreaking jumper with 31 seconds remaining and the Connecticut Sun went on to a 78-73 victory over the New York Liberty in the season opener for both teams Saturday.

Tina Charles had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sun spoil the Liberty’s one-game homecoming to Madison Square Garden. Allison Hightower scored 13 points, Asjha Jones had 12 and Renee Montgomery added 11.

Cappie Pondexter led New York with 19 points, Plenette Pierson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Kara Braxton scored 13.

The Liberty are in the midst of a three-year stretch playing their home games at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. However, the game was moved to the Garden because the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils played an NHL playoff game at the Prudential Center earlier in the day.

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