Diggins hit a 3 to start the third quarter that began a 13-4 run. Roneeka Hodges’ 3 with 6:24 left in the period made it 42-41, giving Tulsa its first lead since early in the game.
The teams traded the lead over the remainder of the period and the Shock held a 52-51 lead at the end of the third.
Tulsa built a 67-63 lead with 2:52 left in regulation before the Liberty tied it on Carson’s jumper with 2:10 to go.
Johnson’s layup made it 69-67 with 52 seconds remaining. Carson then tied it again with a turnaround basket in the lane 15 seconds later.
Pondexter had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but her jumper from the top of the key bounced off the rim. She didn’t miss the second time.
It was the second straight overtime game for Tulsa, which fell to Washington on Monday.
Diggins has already become the face of a franchise struggling for identity since it moved to Tulsa from Detroit in 2010. The team hasn’t come close to matching the success it had in the Motor City under the leadership of Laimbeer.
He helped guide the Shock to three WNBA titles when they were in Detroit. Laimbeer, in his first season with New York, has moved on from his time with the Shock.
“They got rid of all the best players, that’s why they went in the tank,” Laimbeer said smiling before the game. “They are a different franchise, different city, all the players are different.”
The game was the home opener for the Liberty, who are playing their final season in Newark. The Liberty will head back to Madison Square Garden next year when the final phase of the construction is complete.
New York led 21-17 early in the second quarter before going on a 12-2 run to take control. Smith’s 3-pointer started the burst and rookie Kelsey Bone’s layup made it 33-19 with 3:54 left in the half, much to the delight of New York Knicks guards Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert, who were at the game.
New York led 37-29 at the half.
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