Stewart powers Storm to WNBA title

Storm forward Breanna Stewart is all smiles during warmups before the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday

We knew what to do and how to get better.

While Wednesday's 98-82 victory for the Seattle Storm over the Washington Mystics gave the Storm it's third WNBA title, it is the first for Webb.

Many of them reserved special praise for Breanna Stewart, the WNBA and WNBA Finals MVP.

The Storm rolled to a 16-point lead after the first half behind dominant performances from Stewart and center Natasha Howard.

"Stewie was just unbelievable", Storm coach Dan Hughes said. She also earned her 13th selection to the All-WNBA First Team or Second Team, passing Tamika Catchings and Lisa Leslie (12 each) for the most in league history. "God blessed me with an opportunity to coach her and I will be forever grateful".

"Whenever you go up 2-0, you understand that teams are going to be desperate", said Bird, who has won two WNBA championships, including in 2010 when Seattle swept Atlanta. Seattle landed Jewell Loyd and Stewart, both All-Stars in 2018 with Bird, with the No. 1 overall picks in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

"It's incredible to be sitting here right now", said the 17-year veteran, who finished with 10 points and 10 assists. "I think that they are really, really good and I love watching them play". In Game 3, it was do-or-die, win-or-go-home for the D.C. team, but they could not extend their season for the right to a Game 4.

The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise.


"So, I think it just speaks to Stewie".

"Obviously it's really frustrating to not come away with the win, but we were able to see a lot of things", Delle Donne told the Washington Post. "We're one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league".

"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. After losing a combined 39 games in her first two seasons, including a pair of single-elimination playoff losses, the perennial victor knew it was time for a change.

"There's been a huge transformation with the culture of this team", said Delle Donne, who was acquired by Washington before the 2017 season.

Seattle led 69-53 at the start of the fourth when Washington made one last push. Bird said. "That's when I knew it was over". "She helped to relieve the pressure off me".

Voting for the All-WNBA First and Second Teams was conducted at the conclusion of the regular season. "I'm going to need a lot tonight". Seattle led the league by scoring 31.1 percent of their points from beyond the arc, with Washington next at 29.8 percent.

Seattle, which the had the best-record in the regular season at 26-8 and the No. 1 playoff seed, was too quick, too efficient on the perimeter offensively and just too good for No. 3 Washington.

Since changing to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no WNBA team has gone down 2-0 and recovered to force a Game 5.

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