Two tickets punched to the conference finals

The Fever beat the Mystics in overtime, 81-76, to win the series and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Tamika Catchings again lead Indiana, with 26 points and 11 rebounds. But this time her point contributions put her past Lisa Leslie as the WNBA’s all-time postseason scoring leader. The goat! I love this part of the story:

As the unassuming talk continued, Indiana coach Lin Dunn interrupted her star player.

“Let me elaborate because she’s too modest,” Dunn said. “I think the records she’s set so far in the playoffs indicate to me that you may be watching one of the greatest players to ever play our game.”

In the West, the Lynx overcame a slow start and ground out a win over the Stars, 94-89. Lindsay Whalen lead Minnesota with 31 points. The game also ended the career of retiring Stars guard Becky Hammon.

As they did last year with retiring Tina Thompson when they took the Storm out of the playoffs, Minnesota players crowded around Hammon post-game to get a group photo. I joked on twitter that their new team name is the Career Enders.

Tomorrow’s games:

The Sky are eyeing a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Mercury plan to improve their rebounding against the Sparks.

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