Dream clip Wings for fifth straight win

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Erica Wheeler had 19 points and seven assists and Candice Dupree added 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Indiana Fever to an 87-82 win over the Atlanta Dream on Saturday in Indianapolis.

The Dream's Tiffany Hayes led all scorers with 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range.

Hayes' 3-pointer with 26.9 seconds left in regulation cut the lead to 82-79. After Wheeler made two free throws, Atlanta inched closer with a 3-point shot by Jessica Breland with 22.6 remaining, cutting the lead to 84-82.

Wheeler answered with another two free throws with 20.7 seconds left to put Indiana back ahead by four points. Atlanta's Elizabeth Williams missed a putback with 6.8 seconds left, and Indiana's Teaira McCowan grabbed the rebound, her seventh to go along with 13 points, to secure the win.

Atlanta (5-19) has a nine-game losing streak and the worst record in the WNBA. The Dream have dropped six straight games on the road since a 77-66 victory at Seattle on July 5.

Indiana (9-16) has won three of its last four games and three straight at home for the first time since the 2017 season. With one more win, the Fever will achieve their first 10-win season since going 17-17 in 2016.

Saturday's game was close most of the way with 16 lead changes and 13 ties.

Indiana held a 41-39 at halftime behind a combined 27 points from Dupree, Natalie Achonwa and Betnijah Laney. Atlanta remained close in the first half with Hayes scoring 17 points and Breland recording a steal and two blocked shots.

Atlanta took a 63-60 lead into the fourth quarter behind Hayes' eight points in the third quarter.

After the teams were tied at 66, Indiana took a five-point lead on three occasions.

Following two missed 3-pointers by Atlanta on consecutive possessions, Indiana took a 77-70 lead on two free throws by Dupree with 2:14 remaining. Atlanta made a trio of 3-pointers before Wheeler answered with free throws to keep the Fever ahead.

Indiana made 21 of 25 free throw attempts.

--Field Level Media

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