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Fever stop Sky in low-scoring battle

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - The Indiana Fever have bounced back nicely after losing seven of their first eight games.

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Tamika Catchings scored 18 points and Shavonte Zellous added 14 to lead Indiana past Chicago 64-58 on Tuesday night for its ninth win in the last 12 games. Karima Christmas added 10 points as the Fever (10-10) beat the Sky for the second time in four days, holding them to a season-low scoring output again.

Indiana spoiled the return of rookie Elena Delle Donne to Chicago's lineup after she missed the Sky's last two games and the WNBA All-Star game due to a concussion.

``We caught them at a time when Delle Donne is not back at full speed and we're starting to play really, really good defense,'' Fever coach Lin Dunn said. ``That's how you win when you're not shooting the ball well. We didn't even do well on the boards, but we defended so well.''

Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and a game-high 17 rebounds to lead Chicago (13-7), which lost for the third time in four games. Delle Donne scored 12 points and Epiphanny Prince added 11 for the Sky, who lost 79-58 at Indiana on Saturday.

The Fever led by seven points late in regulation before Chicago pulled to 58-55 with 1:51 left in regulation. But Christmas' layup followed by two free throws each from Briann January and Zellous put the game out of reach.

``We did play really solid defense and that usually gets it done,'' saud Delle Donne, fourth in the league in scoring at 18.2 points per game. ``Offensively we couldn't get into a flow. You've got to give Indiana credit, they weren't letting us get into a flow.''

With the loss, the Sky had their lead cut to one-half game over Atlanta for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago led 15-14 after one quarter and trailed 29-28 late in the second before Delle Donne's free throw with 1.6 seconds showing tied the score at the break.

Indiana led 43-36 with 1:21 left in the third but Prince's five consecutive points in the last minute closed the gap to 43-41.

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