Indiana (19-14) has a one-game lead over the Washington Mystics for the third spot in the Eastern Conference. The Fever end the regular season at home against conference-leading New York on Sunday. The Dream (14-19) will miss the playoffs for the first time since going 4-30 in their inaugural 2008 season.
The game was tied 10 times in the second half before Natalie Achonwa scored four points, sparking a 10-0 run and the Fever led the rest of the way. Matee Ajavon scored four points and Sancho Lyttle made a layup to pull the Dream to 71-67 with 33 seconds remaining.
Achonwa finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Lyttle led the Dream with 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals.