Tonya Edwards sank two free throws with 27 seconds left, enabling the Minnesota Lynx to edge the visiting New York Liberty, 60-58, yesterday afternoon.

Brandy Reed, whose buzzer-beater lifted the Lynx over the Liberty at Madison Square Garden a week ago, scored 20 points as Minnesota overcame a 12-point deficit for its second straight two-point win over the Eastern Conference leaders.

Edwards finished with 14 points, 12 in the second half. Vickie Johnson led the Liberty with 17 points.

MERCURY 84, SPARKS 76: In Phoenix, Kristi Harrower scored 10 of her career-high 20 points in the final 3 minutes 8 seconds to lead the Mercury.

Phoenix, which won consecutive games for the first time this season, outscored Los Angeles 36-24 after Coach Cheryl Miller was ejected for arguing about a non-call with 12:23 left.

Harrower also had a career-high six rebounds and made all 12 of her free throws, leading the Mercury to a 34-6 edge in scoring from the foul line.

Jennifer Gillom added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Mercury. Lisa Leslie had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Sparks.

MONARCHS 76, MIRACLE 70: Yolanda Griffith had 20 points and nine rebounds as Sacramento took advantage of 24 turnovers to win on the road.

Kedra Holland-Corn scored 19 points and Ruthie Bolton-Holifield added 15 for Sacramento, which has won seven of its last nine games.

Nykesha Sales scored 20 points to lead Orlando, which lost its third straight despite four scorers in double figures.

SHOCK 77, ROCKERS 61: Cindy Brown had 14 points and eight rebounds to power host Detroit to its third straight victory, matching the team's best streak of the season.

Korie Hlede added 13 for Detroit and Jennifer Azzi had 11 and eight assists, but all-star guard Sandy Brondello scored only two. That snapped her double-figure scoring streak at 23 games.

Alisa Burras scored 13 points to lead Cleveland, which stayed close for the first 10 minutes, but then didn't make a single field goal in the final 9:41 of the first half. The Shock went on a 17-1 run to take a 39-20 lead late in the first half.