Seattle Storm beat Mercury to win 2018 WNBA Finals

Seattle Storm beat Mercury to win 2018 WNBA Finals

Wednesday's Game 3, while not at Key Arena in Seattle, was no different.

The outcome had been decided long before Breanna Stewart allowed herself a small smile with just under a minute to go in the Seattle Storm's 98-82 triumph Wednesday, the win that completed a sweep of the Washington Mystics and crowned Stewart's Storm team WNBA champions.

"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", she said. "We're one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league".

Stewart saved her best for last and scored 30 points - a career high for the playoffs - on 11-of-22 shooting, including 4 of 5 three-pointers.

"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said. Bird said. "That's when I knew it was over".

The Storm outscored the Mystics 26-14 in the second quarter to extend their lead to 46-30 at halftime and never looked back.

The top five markets were: Seattle-Tacoma (3.6), Hartford & New Haven (1.7), Washington, DC (1.2), New Orleans (0.9), Memphis (0.9). Washington went from winning 13 games in 2016 with a.382 win percentage to finishing as runner-ups in the WNBA Finals in a year in which they won almost two-thirds of their games. From there, it was smooth sailing to the 16-point win.

"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.

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"I thank God he gave me a chance for this extra period", said Hughes. "But this is a very special moment that I'm a part of this special group, and I think I'm just realizing how special they really were".

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Things didn't slow down for Stewart and Howard after their big first half.

Breanna Stewart won four NCAA championships at UConn and won four Final Four MVP awards.

Natasha Howard put up a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm. Their combined 59 points alone accounted for more than 61 percent of the Storms' points.

WNBA legend Sue Bird, a teammate of Jackson's for Seattle's two previous championships, turned in a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. 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.

Stewart was the league MVP and was selected the Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points in the three games. "She had goals, specific goals, and yeah, she had some individual ones, but I think she knew those individual goals, winning MVP, being dominant, or as dominant as possible, that was going to impact the team positively and probably lead us to where we are now".

But the Storm have yet to win on the road in the playoffs, despite posting the best road record in the regular season.

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