Powell scores 20 as Liberty beat Fever 82-72 for 4th straight win

Nicole Powell scored a season-high 20 points and the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 82-72 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

Powell went 6-for-7 from 3-point range, including 4-for-5 in the second half. Cappie Pondexter scored 19 points and Janel McCarville had 11 points and 10 rebounds for New York.

Tamika Catchings scored 19 points and Briann January added 10 for the Fever, who have lost three straight. Catchings became the second player in league history to collect 700 career steals and the first to record 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.

The Liberty outrebounded the Fever 38-28. New York, the most efficient 3-point shooting team in the league, made 12-of-18 from long range against the top defensive team in the WNBA.

New York won for the first time in three meetings with the Fever this season. Indiana shot just 39 percent and never led.

The game became increasingly intense during the second half. Pondexter and January were assessed technicals for an altercation early in the fourth quarter.

Indiana, which trailed by 14 in the second quarter, pulled within four in the final period before Powell connected from long range on back-to-back possessions to push the lead to 10. The Liberty controlled the game from there.

New York shot 54 percent to take a 40-29 halftime lead. Indiana's All-Star combination of Catchings and Katie Douglas combined for four points on 0-for-6 shooting before the break.

Catchings converted two three-point plays early in the third to help the Fever trim New York's lead to 49-47.