Storm sweep Mystics for WNBA title

Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud moves past the Storm’s Sue Bird and toward the basket in the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA Finals in Seattle on Sunday

Game recognize game. LeBron James is the world's most famous basketball fan and he took notice of the huge Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday night as the Seattle Storm won the championship with a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics.

Yet the Storm answered with a quick 8-0 run behind a Stewart and-one and a big Sami Whitcomb 3-pointer put the game right back in Seattle's control.

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. After getting blown out in Game 1, the Mystics had a chance to get out of Seattle with a split, only to watch the Storm rally in the fourth quarter behind Stewart.

The Storm finished the period ahead 20-16 because they were 4 of 9 on 3-pointers while Washington was 2 of 5. Yes, she's not at 100 percent playing with a bone bruise in her left knee, but the absence of Delle Donne in the fourth quarter was a major factor in Game 2.

"When you talk about being a coach on the floor, she's it", said first-year Storm coach Dan Hughes who admits to sharing authority in the locker room and during timeouts with Bird. "I'm going to tell you what, they were special in November, January, and when we started April 29th, and they're special tonight".

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. The team was young, and Bird knew they were rebuilding, but she chose to stay. Hughes has had a storied career coaching in the WNBA, but has never won a title.

Breanna Stewart led the Storm with 30 points and Natasha Howard scored 29 points to go along with 14 rebounds to finish the best-of-five series and give Seattle its third WNBA title. "Elena [Delle Donne] and Kristi and Ariel Atkins, Tianna Hawkins, they're all top-level, top-10 3-point shooters", Thibault said.

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WNBAElena Delle Donne boxes out Breanna Stewart. I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer. They became the first team since the Seahawks in 2012 to bring a championship to Seattle. "It was how we countered that when things got close".

After Seattle's Game 2 win on Sunday, both teams took separate five-hour flights across the country to Washington, D.C.as the Finals resume with Game 3 on Wednesday night.

Trust me. I've got a full batch of BreakingT shirts in my closet, and they're the best shirts I own. A lot of times when I invite people out and they come to a game, they fall in love with the game.

"We feel really good, we feel really positive".

This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of CT.

Bird understands her career is nearing the end, even though she remains among the league's best.

The legendary University of CT women's basketball coach sat next to his long-time assistant Chris Daley watching the most decorated player they'd ever coach do what she always does - dominate and win.

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