New York and the Dream entered the game in a four-way tie with Minnesota and Phoenix for the final two playoff spots. The Liberty (15-20) host the Dream (14-21) on Sunday to close the regular season.
New York led by as many as 22 points, but the Dream scored nine of the opening 10 points of the fourth quarter to get to 71-60. Wheeler and Aari McDonald each made a fast-break layup on consecutive possessions to cap a 14-4 Dream run to make it 74-67 with 6:15 left. But Atlanta did not make another field goal the rest of the way.