Shock beat Liberty 78-66; NY gets playoff berth



TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Temeka Johnson scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Tulsa Shock in a 78-66 victory against the New York Liberty on Thursday night.

Ivory Latta had 13 points and Amber Holt added 10 as the Shock (9-23) won their third straight. Tulsa matched it’s combined victory total from the first two seasons since relocating from Detroit — 9-59 in 2010-11 — and got its longest win streak since the move.

Johnson shot 10 for 12 from the field, including 4 for 5 on 3-pointers, and also had six assists.

Kara Braxton, Plenette Pierson and Cappie Pondexter scored 14 points apiece to lead the Liberty (14-19), and Essence Carson added 11 points. New York clinched the Eastern Conference’s fourth and final playoff berth minutes later when Chicago lost to Atlanta, 75-66.