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Tina Charles, who was named the league’s MVP earlier in the day, scored 17 points and blocked four shots as the Connecticut Sun defeated the New York Liberty 65-60 in Game 1 of the WNBA first-round playoffs Thursday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Published: September 27, 2012

Connecticut's Renee Montgomery, right, celebrates with teammate Tan White after White scored off a turnover to put the Sun up 55-45 against New York in WNBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff action Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.

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