AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 11 (Ticker) -- Deanna Nolan's steal and go-ahead layup with 1:26 remaining in overtime lifted the Detroit Shock to a 72-66 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.

Nolan made just 5-of-17 shots but scored four of her 12 points in overtime. She made a basket to give Detroit a 66-65 lead, then came up with the game's key play, stealing a pass by Svetlana Abrosimova and coasting in for a layup and a 68-66 lead.

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Kristi Harrower and Abrosimova missed shots on the next possession and Cheryl Ford, a 49 percent free-throw shooter, made a pair from the line for a 70-66 advantage with 33 seconds to go.

Katie Smith scored 13 points, Kara Braxton added 10 and Ford swept 13 rebounds for the Shock (13-14), who erased an early 10-point deficit and stayed in the hunt for an Eastern Conference playoff berth. They are one-half game out of the final spot.

Smith, a former WNBA scoring champion, was playing her previous team for the first time. She starred for the Lynx for six-plus seasons before being traded July 30 for Chandi Jones and Stacey Thomas.

Abrosimova scored 18 points and Stacey Lovelace-Tolbert added 15 for the Lynx (13-15), who fell one-half game behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the West.

The Shock used a 12-2 run to erase a 41-33 deficit and take the lead. Abrosimova answered Ford's three-point play with a hoop, pulling the Lynx into a 62-62 tie with 52 seconds left in regulation.