Gordona Grubin scored eight of her 20 points in the second overtime as the Los Angeles Sparks rallied to beat the Minnesota Lynx, 81-77, last night in Minneapolis.

It was the first overtime game of the WNBA season and the fourth double-overtime game in the three-year history of the league.

Los Angeles won despite only four points in 21 minutes by leading scorer Lisa Leslie. Sparks reserves picked up the slack, outscoring the Lynx reserves 45-12.

Brandy Reed had 23 points for Minnesota, which led by 19 points in the first half before Los Angeles fought back to lead 63-60 with 2 minutes 54 seconds to play.

Both teams had chances to win the game in the final 15 seconds, but Leslie had a shot blocked by Andrea Lloyd-Curry and Minnesota's Katie Smith missed a jumper with 2.9 seconds to play.

Lloyd-Curry and Tonya Edwards opened the first overtime with three-pointers, the first time in the game Minnesota had made consecutive shots. But the Sparks scored the next seven points.

After Edwards's layup with 1:38 to play, Grubin hit 1 of 2 free throws to tie it at 71. Edwards missed a running jumper at the buzzer, forcing double overtime.

LIBERTY 83, MERCURY 67: Vickie Johnson scored 22 points as New York won its fourth straight home game.

Crystal Robinson added 17 points on 5-for-5 three-point shooting for New York (6-2), which remained in first place in the Eastern Conference.

Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil had 20 points and Marlies Askamp added 17 for the Mercury (3-6). Jennifer Gillom, who leads Phoenix with 17.9 points a game, was held to nine.

Robinson aroused the Madison Square Garden crowd of 13,739 with her fourth straight three-pointer to give the Liberty a 71-62 lead with 3:43 left. She added another three-pointer with 40 seconds left to give New York a 79-67 lead.

Michele Timms had 10 points and seven assists for Phoenix, which was outscored 40-28 in the lane. Kym Hampton added 13 points and six rebounds for the Liberty.

COMETS 76, ROCKERS 64: Tina Thompson scored a season-high 26 points and Houston held visiting Cleveland to long scoreless stretches in each half for its ninth victory in 10 games. Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes added 13 points each for the Comets.