Dupree, Phoenix oust Seattle from playoffs

SEATTLE — Candice Dupree's putback with 1.9 seconds remaining lifted Phoenix to a 77-75 victory over the Seattle Storm in Game 3 on Monday night, sending the Mercury to the Western Conference finals.

Dupree finished with 20 points, and Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor had 19 each to help Phoenix advance to the conference finals for the third straight year, and fourth in the last five.

The Mercury will face the winner of Tuesday night's Game 3 between San Antonio and Minnesota.

Sue Bird scored 22 points to lead defending champion Seattle. Lauren Jackson had 18 points, Tanisha Wright added 17 and Swin Cash had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Bird tied the score at 75 with 10.5 seconds remaining. Taylor then drove off the inbounds play and missed. A scramble for the rebound ensued and Dupree eventually put the ball in from the center of the lane.

Fever 72, Liberty 62

At Indianapolis, Katie Douglas scored 21 points and Tamika Catchings added 17 to help Indiana beat New York in Game 3 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Erin Phillips had 12 points and five steals for the Fever, who scored 26 points off New York's 20 turnovers.

Indiana will host Atlanta on Thursday in Game 1 of the conference finals. Atlanta won all four matchups this season, including the finale on Sept. 11.

Nicole Powell led New York with 19 points. Cappie Pondexter was held to 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting. She shot just 15 for 44 in the series.

Douglas averaged 22 points in the series and led the Fever in scoring all three games. Catchings bounced back after being limited to two points Indiana's loss in Game 2.

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