Stewart powers Storm to WNBA title

Stewart powers Storm to WNBA title

It's the first WNBA championship for Stewart, who scored 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series. Many of them reserved special praise for Breanna Stewart, the WNBA and WNBA Finals MVP.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt sank a 3-pointer with 6:49 left to cut Seattle's 16-point lead at the start of the fourth to five (72-67) and inject a little suspense in a game the Storm controlled for three quarters.

Natasha Howard added career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm.

Bird now has her third WNBA 'chip, and her first since 2010.

The Mystics got out to a 4-0 lead with Kristi Toliver and Elena Delle Donne knocking down jump shots, while the Storm had back-to-back turnovers. Though the floor of the arena, the home gym of George Mason University, boasts the imported red, white and blue signage of the Mystics, the 10,000 seats surrounding the court alternate from green to yellow - Storm-like colors. But Sanders injured her ankle on the play and had to be carried to the locker room by two Washington staff members, done for the night.

It completed a sweep for the Storm, who know they couldn't have done it without the 6-foot-2 post player. During that 10-minute frame, the home team shot just 26.3 percent (5-for-19) from the field to only manage 14 points in the quarter.

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"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", Stewart said.

"We understand that the difference here is we have a chance to win a championship and not just advance to the next round", Bird said. "I was trying to kind of figure out my go-to moves as games were going on and just try to get comfortable finding different ways". Washington refused to use her bone bruise as an excuse, but with the season over, the star forward expounded on her limitations. "I felt more and more uncomfortable as we kept going". We showed a lot of character this year, a lot of resiliency coming off after the All-Star break playing really well, and then obviously to make the Finals against a really great team.

Delle Donne was also named to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday. Last year and the year before, it was, 'You have to guard the other team's best player and try and score 20-plus.' To have her come in, we could relieve one another.

Howard was a deep reserve for Minnesota during the Lynx's title run a year ago, averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 points.

"And I didn't know if I would be back to the Finals ever again". Now I can go to the bar and order her everything she needs.

"This is probably going to be one of the most defining moments of my career", Bird said.

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