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Storm sweep Mystics, win third WNBA title

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, other NBA stars react to Seattle Storm’s WNBA title Mystics' historic season ends in disappointment, but with optimism for future
Cary Erickson | 16 September, 2018, 01:32

Seattle obliterated Washington and became the sixth team to sweep the Finals in three games. They had their work cut out for them Wednesday despite playing at EagleBank Arena, their home court in Fairfax, Virginia, after falling behind 2-0 in the series' first two games in Seattle.

The celebration continues for 3-time basketball champions Seattle Storm.

"You see it in those moments, you're friendly, you're happy, but we all know for 40 minutes we're going to be battling and then it just goes back", she said. But we can't take our foot off the pedal. "It was how we countered that when things got close". "I'm just so thankful that we were both playing in Russian Federation at the time and that we just met because we connected instantly, and that's been my person that I go to about everything in my life".

Home has been an evolving term for the Mystics of late. "The construction in our arena at Capital One, being on the road most of July, playing at GW for the first round, and playing here at George Mason the second round". Hughes has had a storied career coaching in the WNBA, but has never won a title.

Sue Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, had 10 points and 10 assists.

Prior to taking the court for their final practice before facing the Washington Mystics in Wednesday's Game 3 of the WNBA Finals (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET), one team was constantly referenced among Storm personnel, from coach Dan Hughes to regular-season MVP Breanna Stewart - and it wasn't the Mystics.

In Game 1, Washington made just 3 of 21 shots from beyond the arc.

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I predict the Mystics push it to game four with an 85-76 win over Seattle.

"Basically, we've played a lot of this season through a bunch of distractions", said Mystics head coach Mike Thibault.

Both teams rely heavily on the 3-point shot. The Storm know they won't be able to completely neutralize Washington's star tandem, which is averaging a combined 23.5 points in the best-of-five series, but Seattle must look to limit their touches and attempts. "She's kind of helped me get to this point, and like you said, if there was one person on this team that I wanted to win it with it was her". It was a rare show of emotion from a normally reserved Bird, and the 14 points she dropped in the fourth, including four threes, to send the Storm to the Finals set social media ablaze.

"We feel really good, we feel really positive". "I don't think any of us realized that we didn't make one three until the end of the game".

Breanna Stewart led the Storm with 30 points and 8 rebounds in Game 3 of the best-of-5 series.

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.

A year ago before the All-Star break, Bird gleefully pondered a scenario in which she would walk away if she ever won another title and go out on top like John Elway following a Super Bowl win at 38.