NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (Ticker) --
The New York Liberty taught the Indiana
Fever it's not how you start but how you finish.
and Vickie Johnson
drilled 3-pointers during a
decisive second-half run as the Liberty returned to the Eastern
Conference finals with a 75-60 come-from-behind victory over the
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New York took the last two games of the best-of-three series at
home and will face the Washington Mystics in their fifth
consecutive appearance in the conference finals.
Tari Phillips was one of five Liberty players to reach double figures.|
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Appearing in the playoffs for the first time in team history,
Indiana raced to a 17-2 lead less than 5 1/2 minutes into the
decisive third game. But the Fever struggled after halftime as
Rookie of the Year Tamika Catchings
had just four points over
the final 20 minutes.
Johnson scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures
for the Liberty, who shot nearly 62 percent (21-of-34) after the
break while holding the Fever to 44 percent (11-of-25).
added 17 points and Tari Phillips
and reserve Becky Hammon
contributed 10 apiece for
led Indiana with 14 points and Olympia
had 10 on 5-of-6 shooting. But the Fever were
unable to overcome 20 turnovers.