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Liberty and Fever set to play decisive Game 3

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Posted at 8:50 AM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 08:50:24-04
NEW YORK (AP) -- Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said all along that New York would win the championship if it wins all its home games.
 
The top-seed in the East will host its second decisive Game 3 of the playoffs when it plays Indiana on Tuesday night.
 
"We played all year long to have the home-court advantage, that's what we play for, and here we are," Laimbeer said on Monday. "It's not unexpected, we would have liked it to have closed out, but it is what it is. In our building, going to be a big crowd, a lot of fun and go play our good style of basketball."
 
New York was up 15 points at the half on Indiana in Game 2 before the Fever rallied behind Tamika Catchings to force Game 3.
 
"The second half, we came out with new intensity, new urgency," Fever coach Stephanie White said. "Obviously, Tamika did everything Tamika does to get her teammates to rise to the occasion."
 
Now, just as they did in the semifinals, Indiana will have to find a way to beat a team on its homecourt to advance to the next round.
 
"We were here for Game 3 when New York beat Washington," White said. "That was an awesome atmosphere. We can utilize it, too. Players love to play in this type of environment. Watching it, this is what it's all about. While they are cheering against you, you can use this electricity to get yourself excited."
 
Madison Square Garden should be rocking Tuesday night. The Liberty had 9,600 fans for their Game 3 victory over Washington last Tuesday.
 
"I'm looking forward to it, I think New York City's looking forward to it," Liberty center Tina Charles said. "I know we're going to have a great crowd to come out and support us so it should be a good night."