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Fever beat Sky 100-89, advance to Eastern Conference finals

Catchings scores 27 as Fever beat Sky 100-89, advance to WNBA Eastern Conference finals

Fever beat Sky 100-89, advance to Eastern Conference finals

CHICAGO (AP) -- Tamika Catchings scored 27 points and Shenise Johnson added 22 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 100-89 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals in the WNBA playoffs on Monday.

It's the fifth straight year that Indiana has advanced this far, matching the league record set by Los Angeles from 1999-03. This might be the most unexpected one of the streak, especially after dropping Game 1 to Chicago.

Erlana Larkins added 18 points and Marissa Coleman had 17 for the third-seeded Fever, who advanced to face top-seeded New York or fourth-seeded Washington. Those teams are tied 1-all going into the series finale Tuesday in New York.

Catchings also became the first player in WNBA history to score 1,000 points in the playoffs. She now has 1,019.

Elena Delle Donne led second-seeded Chicago with 40 points, two short of the league's playoff record set by Angel McCoughtry in 2010, according to STATS. The league's Most Valuable Player was 15-of-22 from the field.