WASHINGTON, Aug. 22(Ticker) -- Chamique Holdsclaw continues to show why she may be the league's most valuable player.

Holdsclaw had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Washington Mystics rallied for a 79-74 victory over the New York Liberty in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Mystics did not commit a turnover in the second half.

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Holdsclaw was the WNBA's leading scorer and rebounder during the season but received just one MVP vote after missing 12 games with an ankle injury. She dominated the first round of the playoffs as Washington swept Charlotte and took over in the final minutes against New York.

Coco Miller and the Mystics will look to drive past the Liberty Saturday.
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The Liberty had a 62-54 lead with 8 1/2 minutes left before the Mystics scored 15 of the next 20 points. Holdsclaw made a basket with 4:02 left to give Washington the lead for good at 69-67.

Holdsclaw buried a jumper at 2:34 to give Washington a 73-69 edge and Stacey Dales-Schuman added two free throws 38 seconds later. New York's Crystal Robinson sank a 3-pointer with 60 seconds remaining to pull her team within 75-72.

Holdsclaw responded with a baseline runner and grabbed the rebound on Robinson's miss before making two free throws with 23 seconds left to seal the win.

Murriel Page came off the bench and scored 13 of her career playoff-high 17 points in the second half and Dales-Schuman and and Annie Burgess added nine apiece for the Mystics, who shot 47 percent (29-of-62) and made 17-of-19 free throws.

Tari Phillips scored 21 points and Robinson finished with 20 for New York, which lost despite shooting 54 percent (30-of-56) from the floor.