Final

Fever 69

(19-12, 8-8 away)

Shock 74

(24-6, 12-4 home)

    Coverage: ABC

    1:30 PM ET, August 11, 2007

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 24 17 9 1969
    TUL 18 13 28 1574

    Top Performers

    Indiana: T. Sutton-Brown 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tulsa: D. Nolan 26 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Blk

    Nolan's 26 help Shock hold off visiting Fever

    Associated Press

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Deanna Nolan scored 26 points -- 18 in the second half -- and the Detroit Shock beat the Indiana Fever 74-69 Saturday to clinch home-court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs.

    Detroit (24-6) secured the league's best record by holding off a fourth-quarter comeback by Indiana.

    Nolan made a pair of free throws with 29.9 seconds remaining to give Detroit a 72-69 lead. Indiana failed to get a good look at the basket on its next possession.

    "We gave them too big a lead and even though we had a fast and furious last five minutes and had a chance, sometimes the margin is too big to overcome," Fever coach Brian Winters said. "Against a good team like that, you can't let that happen."

    Detroit's Katie Smith added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for the defending WNBA champions.

    Tan White led Indiana (19-12) with 15 points. Tammy Sutton-Brown chipped in 13 points.

    The Shock struggled in the first half, shooting just 35 percent from the field while committing nine turnovers that the Fever turned into 17 points.

    Detroit trailed 41-31 at halftime, but outscored the Fever 28-9 in the third quarter to take a 59-50 lead into the fourth.

    Nolan led the third-quarter charge with 14 points. Her three-point play with 5:32 to go in the third gave the Shock their first lead since 5:54 remained in the first quarter.

    "She is unstoppable when she gets in her zone," Shock coach Bill Laimbeer said of Nolan. "When she is on like that we just want to give her the ball as much as possible."

    Detroit pushed the lead to 15 early in the fourth quarter before the Fever put together a 19-5 run sparked by three consecutive 3-pointers by White to cut the lead to 70-69.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Indiana Tulsa
    Points 69 74
    FG Made-Attempted 23-62 (.000) 27-67 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-18 (.333) 4-11 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-23 (.000) 16-25 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-31 15-45
    Assists 13 13
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 8 0
    Blocks 1 3
    Fast Break Points 7 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 24 (0/0)