Fever Fall To Sky, 65-68
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CHICAGO, July 21 (AP) -- Jia Perkins scored 15 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Chicago Sky to a 68-65 victory over the Indiana Fever on Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Dominique Canty added 12 points for Chicago (9-13), which pulled into a tie with Washington for fifth place in the Eastern Conference - 1 1/2 games behind New York. Candice Dupree, Chasity Melvin and Armintie Price each had 11 points.
Tamika Whitmore scored a season-high 26 points for the Fever (16-6), who lost their second straight after a six-game winning streak and fell one game behind first-place Detroit in the East.
Indiana was playing without All-Star forward Tamika Catchings, who suffered a partial tear of her left plantar fascia in Friday's 89-80 loss to Detroit. Catchings, who leads the Fever in points (16.8), rebounds (9.1), assists (4.6) and a league-high 3.15 steals, is expected to be out two to three weeks.
Perkins' putback to tied the score at 63 with 1:22 remaining. After Whitmore answered with a putback of her own, Perkins' three with 42.4 seconds left gave Chicago a 66-65 lead.
Perkins missed a pair of free throws with 24.8 seconds to go, but got her own rebound and was fouled again a second later, this time making one to give the Sky a 67-65 lead.
Whitmore missed an uncontested 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds remaining.
The Fever took their biggest lead of the game at 54-45 on Tammy Sutton-Brown's putback with 52 seconds left in the third quarter.
Perkins hit three consecutive baskets capped by a three-pointer to give Chicago a 57-54 lead with 6:00 left in the game. Jumpers from Perkins and Dupree gave the Sky a 61-59 lead with 2:41 left.
Indiana answered with jumpers from Sutton-Brown and Sheri Sam to take a two point lead with 1:42 remaining to go.
K.B. Sharp hit a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining in the first half to give Indiana 36-32 lead at the break.
The Fever shot 53.8 percent (14-of-26) in the first half, and Whitmore scored 16 points and hit all seven of her shots before halftime.