Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- Sancho Lyttle hit a short jumper with 0.9 seconds left to give the Atlanta Dream a 92-90 victory over Indiana on Tuesday night, but the Fever still clinched a playoff berth.
The Dream trailed 88-83 with just over 2 minutes left, but took advantage of a steal by Armintie Price with 6 seconds left to race downcourt for the winning shot.
Angel McCoughtry had 28 points for Atlanta.
Indiana is in first place in the Eastern Conference, but the Fever (19-10) have dropped all three games to the Dream (16-13) this season.
Lyttle had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Erin Phillips had 21 points and Tamika Catchings scored 20 for Indiana.
The Dream won despite losing leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Erika de Souza to a right ankle sprain midway in the third quarter. De Souza, who averages 12.7 points and 7.9 rebounds, had nine points and four rebounds when hurt.
Indiana shot 50 percent in the first half and was 4-for-7 on 3-pointers while taking a 49-46 halftime lead. Catchings had 11 first-half points and Shavonte Zelious came off the bench to score nine, all in the second quarter.
The Fever jumped to a 15-9 lead, but the Dream went on a 10-0 run and were up 23-19 at the end of the first quarter. Price had seven points and Lyttle scored six in the period for the Dream, the pair combining to shoot 6-for-7 from the floor.
The Dream outshot the Fever 55 percent to 39.2 percent while winning 86-80 on Saturday in Indiana, and took the teams' first meeting in Atlanta 84-74 on July 19. The teams finish the regular season at Indiana on Sept. 11.