NBA, Seattle Sports Stars Salute Storm, Breanna Stewart On WNBA Finals Win

NBA, Seattle Sports Stars Salute Storm, Breanna Stewart On WNBA Finals Win

NBA, Seattle Sports Stars Salute Storm, Breanna Stewart On WNBA Finals Win

The victory catapulted the Storm to an unassailable 3-0 lead and series sweep in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.

That may not be a fair assessment to make about the Washington Mystics, who head back home facing a 2-0 deficit to the Seattle Storm in the best-of-five series, and almost pulled off a split in Seattle before falling short 75-73 in Game 2 on Sunday.

James, of course, knows how it is to be on the other end of a championship loss and wanted to recognize the Mystics for their season.

The Storm finished the period ahead 20-16 because they were 4 of 9 on 3-pointers while Washington was 2 of 5. However, she was scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Natasha Howard put up a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm. "We're going to be better when we get home, and we're going to knock down shots". "I didn't know if I'd be playing at this point". "We went through that and now I think we'll handle it much better".

Geno Auriemma wasn't sure he'd be able to attend Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday, but there he was in the EagleBank Arena stands.


Following Game 3, Stewart was named the victor of the WNBA Finals MVP award, averaging 25.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game over the series. That is something that Seattle's Sue Bird and Washington's Kristi Toliver did together years ago that served as the start of a strong friendship that has grown over the past six years. Already playing with superstar Elena Delle Donne nursing a knee injury suffered earlier in the playoffs, the team fell in an early hole and trailed by 16 at halftime. "To do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react". Rookie Ariel Atkins has been a steady offensive force for the Mystics, averaging 19 points per game in the series, but they will need a lot more from the remaining starting five. "Not that she's going anywhere, but personally I was motivated to get her another championship". 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.

"We understand that we have to take care of the ball", Bird said. "The other thing I remember and I'm reminded every time we come here, is how loud the building is, how great the fans are". Everyone has to have an "I love you off the court, but I'm going to kill you on the court" type of mentality.

In two games they're shooting a combined 3-37 - that's just EIGHT percent.

"To be going against Sue - who is somebody that a big part of who I am is because of her, and so to have her not only as somebody that I looked up to growing up, but also one of my very best friends - it's special because you don't get to be in these kind of situations often".

For years, Bird has sidestepped talk about when she'll put an end to a Hall-of-Fame bound career that includes two NCAA titles at CT, four Olympic gold medals, three FIBA world championships and four EuroLeague championships.

"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart said after the game.

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