Seattle Storm beat Mercury to win 2018 WNBA Finals

The Seattle Storm take a 2-0 lead into Game 3 of the WNBA Finals in Washington D.C

It's when people say things like, 'There's no basketball in Seattle anymore.' Or, like, 'We need pro basketball back in Seattle.' They're talking about how the Sonics are gone.

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.

Australian Opal-in-waiting Sami Whitcomb has come off the bench to help the Seattle Storm clinch the WNBA title.

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.

Seattle withstood a fourth-quarter comeback attempt for a 98-82 victory and a three-game series sweep.

Stewart was a unanimous choice to the all-WNBA first team, the league announced Wednesday, while fellow UConn graduate Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury extended her own record with a 10th first-team selection.

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. If it all sounded a bit mundane a day after the end of the best run in team history, Thibault said: "That's kind of how it goes when you have a good season".

When Storm coach Dan Hughes was hired after last season he told Bird that he hoped he could get her one more. "He didn't invite the last WNBA champions", she said. In Game 5 of the semifinals she had 28 points. Their two captains, Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver, were the primary catalysts from the oft-mediocre franchise going from bad to good to great.

She stayed, the team got incredibly lucky in the draft and added Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart and a couple of more important pieces and suddenly this season the Storm seemed destined for the title since about the second week of the season.

What was billed as a battle between two of the league's most lethal three-point shooting teams turned into a one-sided display for the Storm.

"Basically, we've played a lot of this season through a bunch of distractions", said Mystics head coach Mike Thibault. The Mystics were 8 for 23 in Game 3 and 11 for 60 (18.3 percent) in the series.

"We can really create something here, and I think we've really grown this fan base", said Delle Donne. If we win a championship this week, that will be great. Stewart had 25 points in each of the first two meetings but was held to 10 in the final matchup. "We're only out there on the court a little bit of time together, but the moments that we spend hanging out in the airport, playing 'would you rather, ' hanging out, getting dinner together, those are the moments that are so special, and what we're actually probably going to miss the most now that this season has ended".

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