NBA, Seattle Sports Stars Salute Storm, Breanna Stewart On WNBA Finals Win

Arnold Nichols
September 14, 2018

Stewart's 30 points in a 98-82 Storm romping over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night gave Seattle a clean three-game sweep and its third WNBA Championship in franchise history.

They were pushed in the fourth quarter, when the Mystics rallied to within five with 6:40 to play. It helped that she had her frontcourt partner Natasha Howard having the game of her life as well. She did work inside, finishing post moves and getting to the basket for lay-ups; she did work in the mid-range, knocking down pull up jumpers as part of Seattle's offensive flow; and she knocked down her first four 3-pointers, finishing the day 4-of-5 from beyond the arc as she was able to stretch the Washington defense. I didn't know if I'd be back to the finals ever again.

Despite being on the brink of elimination in their first WNBA Finals appearance in franchise history, the Mystics remained cool and collected on the eve of Game 3.

The championship parade starts 1 p.m. Sunday at Seattle Center and will end at KeyArena. From there, it was smooth sailing to the 16-point win.

She had always wanted to spend her entire career with one franchise, but the Storm's last championship was in 2010 and before that it was in 2004.

"I think this was our year", Hughes said. "To see them here now is not surprising at all, and we definitely appreciate it".

It was Stewart and Howard who went off tonight.

Stewart and Howard each scored 17 points in the first half as the Storm took a 47-30 lead. Their combined 59 points alone accounted for more than 61 percent of the Storms' points.

"Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me", said the 37-year-old point guard who had 10 points and 10 assists.

It was also reported that Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was a guest on the next episode of LeBron's HBO show 'The Shop.' Seahawks players, staff, and Legends were paying close attention to the local team's performance, and several of them reacted to the Storm's most recent title on Twitter.

Stewart, who was named the WNBA MVP earlier this season, ranked second in the WNBA in scoring, averaging 21.8 points per game, and was third in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game. "I've seen her as a youngster, and I have seen her with the Storm, and she really is truly awesome".

Stewart, the WNBA's Most Valuable Player this season, added Finals MVP to her resume, which includes four NCAA titles at CT, for which she was named the outstanding player in each of them.

"There was a moment at the end with like a minute or so left, I think it was the last timeout when we had a chance to huddle and I said, 'Guys we did this".

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