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Fever fall short to Mercury 

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The Indiana Fever dropped their second game on their Western Conference road trip as they fell to the Phoenix Mercury 69-79. Saturday night's loss dropped Indiana to 13-15 on the season, placing them second place in the Eastern Conference.

The two teams traded blows through the first half exchanging leads back and forth. However, Phoenix scrapped to the top taking a five-point lead into halftime.

The second half was more of the same with the two teams going back-and-forth with the lead. The Fever eventually tied 63-61 with just a little over seven minutes remaining in the game. The Mercury then went on a 18-6 run to close out the game.

"I thought we had a chance down the stretch, but we missed 2-3 wide open shots," said Fever coach Lin Dunn. "You have to keep scoring against [Phoenix]. We put ourselves in a position to steal one against the league's best team, on the road. What you worry about is not getting shots; but that wasn't the case."

Four Fever players scored double figures, but the team was hurt by an uncharacteristic 0-10 shooting night from All-Star Tamika Catchings. For the Mercury, All-Star Brittney Griner finished with 17 points and Diana Taurasi added 15.

The Fever's next game is at home against MVP candidate Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx. Tipoff time is 7 p.m. on Aug 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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