Catchings has 20 points; Fever rally from 14-point halftime deficit, beat Sparks 79-68



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LOS ANGELES — Tamika Catchings had 20 points and seven rebounds to help the Indiana Fever beat the Los Angeles Sparks 79-68 on Tuesday night for their seventh win in eight games since the All-Star break.

Indiana won at Los Angeles for the first time since 2010, snapping its seven-game losing streak in the series.

Briann January added 16 points and Marissa Coleman had 14 for Indiana (15-9). The Fever made 10 3-pointers, led by Coleman's three.

Los Angeles opened the fourth quarter on an 8-3 run for a 58-57 lead. But Indiana scored the next six as Los Angeles went scoreless for nearly 3 minutes. Coleman's 3-pointer at the 2:24 mark extended the Fever's lead to 73-64. Los Angeles made just one field goal in the final 4 minutes.

Candace Parker had 25 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a franchise-record eight steals for Los Angeles (8-17). Ana Dabovic scored 12, all in the first half.

Los Angeles went on an 11-0 second-quarter run, with scoring from five different players, to extend its lead to 40-26. The Sparks held the Fever to just 10 points in the second quarter and led 44-30. Parker had 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals in the half.

Indiana made 5 of 10 3-pointers in the first half to stay within striking distance.

Catchings hit a 3-pointer to cap Indiana's 11-0 run to start the third quarter, cutting its deficit to 44-41. The Fever took their first lead since it was 18-17 on Coleman's four-point play just before the third-quarter buzzer. Los Angeles had eight turnovers in the third —after just five in the first half — and was outscored 24-6.

Los Angeles made just nine field goals in the second half.

Nneka Ogwumike did not play after suffering concussion like symptoms following Los Angeles' game against Chicago on Sunday.

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