Fever 78, Dream 62

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 27, 2012

BEIJING - AUGUST 11: Tamika Catchings #10 of the United States looks on prior to playing against China in a women's basketball preliminary game on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Tamika Catchings had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Katie Douglas added 16 points and the Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream 78-62 on Sunday. Catchings' double-double was her 73rd, fifth-most on the WNBA's career list, and helped Indiana (3-0) win its second straight over the Dream after losing the Eastern Conference finals to Atlanta last year. Angel McCoughtry finished with 21 points and Lindsey Harding added 13 for Atlanta, which had a six-game home winning streak over the Fever snapped. Catchings, last year's league MVP, took charge of the game in the second quarter. She scored 17 points in the period, going 9 for 9 on free throws, banking in a 6-foot runner to force the game's first tie at 28-all and hitting a 3-pointer to make it 31-31. Jessica Davenport, who scored 12 points, ended Indiana's 18-6 run late in the second to give the Fever their first lead at 33-32. .After McCoughtry's floater early in the second matched Atlanta's biggest lead at 11, the Dream went over 6 minutes without scoring another field goal. They missed 14 of their next 18 shots before Harding's 9-foot runner cut the lead to 60-45 late in the third. Atlanta twice came within seven late in the fourth, but after McCoughtry hit a pair of free throws, Davenport's putback made it 69-62. Indiana forced 23 turnovers, leading to 18 points. The Fever have forced their first three opponents into 66 miscues this season.
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