NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (Ticker) -- Lauren Jackson and the Seattle Storm could not quite overcome the New York Liberty's hot start.

Jackson scored 15 of her 25 points in the second half, but the Storm were unable to overcome a 19-point deficit and dropped a 79-67 decision to the New York Liberty, who got 18 points from Ann Wauters.

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Wauters, Becky Hammon and Elena Baranova scored 10 points apiece in the first half, when the Liberty (13-12) shot 63 percent (19-of-30), including 5-of-8 3-pointers, to open a 44-32 lead.

New York pushed the advantage to 65-46 with 6:35 remaining on a basket by Catherine Kraayeveld before Sue Bird drained a 3-pointer, igniting a 19-5 run that drew Seattle (14-12) within 70-65.

Jackson scored seven points in the spurt, which was capped by Alicia Thompson's jumper with 45 seconds left. The Storm got no closer, however, as the Liberty hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Hammon and Baranova finished with 14 points apiece for New York, which won for the second time in five games.

Bird had 12 points and 10 assists for Seattle, which has lost two straight following a franchise-record six-game winning streak.