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Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics for third WNBA title

Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics for third WNBA title

Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart fretted following the regular-season opener after the Seattle Storm lost at home to the Phoenix Mercury. "I think that what we did as a team for these past four months, we had a goal and that was to win a championship".

The Mystics had no answers for Stewart and Howard and that was before Alysha Clark added 15 points and nine rebounds and Bird notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Seattle's other title came in 2004. In Game 2, the Storm had 15 giveaways, their highest total in the playoffs.

The Storm completed the three-game sweep of the Mystics in the best-of-five series with a convincing victory in front of a crowd of about 9,000 at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. On Wednesday night she had 30 points and 8 rebounds, and throughout the series she averaged 25.7 points.

Dan Hughes, 63, was lured out of retirement before the season to coach the Storm.

The 24-year-old was also named the WNBA Finals MVP on Wednesday following her 30-point performance. She truly was the MVP of these Finals.

"We were celebrating, and I am sure we will continue", she said. Loyd and Stewart would prove instrumental, and Bird's continued success and leadership late into her career has been a key to the team's development over the past few years. Seattle ended up losing that game by 2 points, and in an essay for The Players' Tribune Bird said that she was proud of the team because they proved they could do it without her - something she's been pushing them to realize all season. "There is probably no comparison to be honest". Case in point: can you imagine planned construction on Capital One Arena during either the National Basketball Association or NHL postseason, forcing the Wizards or Caps to play elsewhere?

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Then he watched them turn into the best team in the league during the season, and validate that status in the postseason. "But we got better throughout the year".

The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise. We went through a rebuild a couple of years ago, and who's to say we'd get here this quickly.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points for the Mystics. And that's all a point guard needs. "When you're on the other side of it, you try to slow her down and obviously, we didn't get that done". "We won this thing".

"We had a great season", Delle Donne made clear.

Washington reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history.

"They clearly were the best team from start to finish, in my opinion", Thibault said.

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Howard was a deep reserve for Minnesota during the Lynx's title run past year, averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 points. "I don't know if it was putting us seventh or eighth, I can't remember, and our team took a look at that and said, hell, no".

ED: "To get her - trust me, I know, I've got you, Panda. I am really happy for her".

KT: "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

In Game 1, Washington had no shot as Seattle asserted their dominance.

The top five markets were: Seattle-Tacoma (3.6), Hartford & New Haven (1.7), Washington, DC (1.2), New Orleans (0.9), Memphis (0.9).

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