AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 2 (Ticker) -- Deanna Nolan showed why the Detroit Shock worked all season for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

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Detroit captured its semifinal series with Cleveland in three games, bouncing back from Sunday's loss that forced a decisive third game. The Shock, who have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, will visit No. 3 seed Connecticut on Friday.

"This game was won by or ballclub with the mental intensity, the defense and rebounding," Shock coach Bill Laimbeer said. "Our goal is to be in the (WNBA) Finals. We're halfway there."

Nolan made her first seven shots, including five from beyond the arc, as Detroit took control early. She nailed a pair of 3-pointers in a 13-5 run to open the game and her fourth 3-pointer of the half - a WNBA playoff record - opened a 23-10 cushion with 12:10 remaining before halftime.

"After I made my first two or three there, I knew I was in a little rhythm, but I tried not to get too emotional. I tried to let the game come to me," Nolan said. "If we play like we did tonight, we're gonna be champions."

Nolan's fifth 3-pointer - she was 6-of-7 from beyond the arc - capped an 8-0 tear to open the second half as Detroit took its largest lead at 50-24 with 18:26 to go.

The Shock held an overwhelming 39-28 edge on the glass behind rookie Cheryl Ford's 15 boards. Ford had 10 defensive rebounds by halftime to establish a WNBA playoff mark.

Chasity Melvin scored 19 points and Penny Taylor added 17 to lead Cleveland, which lost a first-round series in three games for the second time in three games.

"It's been a series I'm not sure I can ask for more from my team," Rockers coach Dan Hughes said. "Detroit's a good basketball team. They had played for the right to have two home games and I think that was a positive factor."

Swin Cash scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds and Ruth Riley netted 11 points for Detroit, which yielded only seven baskets in the first half. Elaine Powell handed out nine assists.

But the night belonged to Nolan, who made 10-of-13 shots. She capped her performance by nailing a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left that brought a smile to her face for a 77-60 advantage.

"(Nolan) didn't go looking for shots, she let the shots come to her," Laimbeer said. "Don't let her get hot and leave her open - she'll drain everything."

The Rockers pulled within 70-59 on Taylor's basket with 2:10 remaining. Riley and Ford responded with baskets to restore a 15-point cushion.

Cleveland did not get big games out of rookie LaToya Thomas and Deanna Jackson, Thomas, who scored 16 points in Game Two, and Jackson each managed just six points. The Rockers recorded only eight assists and no player had more than two.

Powell's ability to efficiently run the offense helped Detroit to a 25-10 edge in fast-break points.