By Chris Rosenbluth

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Tamika Catchings, playing her second game since returning from injury, had 15 points, 13 rebounds and two steals as the Fever routed the Sun to force Game 3. Hoskins/NBAE/Getty
Fever Get Hot to Force Game 3

Strong Showing Forces Winner-Take-All Showdown: Coming just two days after a triple-overtime loss in Game 1, the Fever, facing a must-win Game 2 against the Sun, bounced back in a big way. Indiana closed the first quarter with a 14-2 run to take a 10-point advantage it would never relinquish en route to a 78-59 victory Saturday. "I don't think any of us had a question in our minds how we would respond,'' Anna DeForge said. "When (Game 1) ended, as tired as we were, we were ready for this game.'' DeForge scored a game-high 26 points and added seven rebounds and three steals. Her effort set the tone for the rest of her team, which beat Connecticut for the first time in six tries and snapped a five-game playoff losing streak. The decisive Game 3 is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Silver Stars Bounce Back Too: The Silver Stars, like the Fever, were coming off a disappointing loss in the opening game of their first-round series. And, again like the Fever, they showed their mettle by routing their competition on Saturday. Becky Hammon steered San Antonio to an easy 86-61 victory over the Monarchs that evened the series and forced a pivotal Game 3 on Monday (9 p.m. ET on NBA TV). Hammon scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half as the Silver Stars opened a big lead that swelled to as many as 26 points in the game. "We know how they (Sacramento) feel; it's the same way we felt at Sacramento,'' Hammon said. "Game 3 will be an all-out war.''
"They were running two, sometimes three people at me. I've got to do a better job of finding somebody. Stuff we were able to get in the regular season, we're not able to get right now."

-- Connecticut's Katie Douglas, after being held to just 5-of-17 shooting and delivering only one assist in Saturday's Game 2 loss to the Fever.

Anna DeForge, Fever
26 pts, 8-11 FG, 2-3 3-pt FG, 8-8 FT
78-59 win vs. Sun

Becky Hammon, Silver Stars
20 pts, 7-11 FG, 4-4 3-pt FG, 2-2 FT
86-61 win vs. Monarchs

Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Silver Stars
17 pts, 7-10 FG, 3-3 FT
86-61 win vs. Monarchs

Lindsay Whalen, Sun
1-9 FG, 0-4 3-pt FG, 6 pts
78-59 loss at Fever

Nicole Powell, Monarchs
1-9 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG, 4 pts
86-61 loss at Silver Stars

Tammy Sutton-Brown, Fever
1-8 FG, 0-2 FT, 2 pts
78-59 win vs. Sun

Sunday's Games ...

  • Liberty at Shock, 1 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Storm at Mercury, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
  • Taurasi