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07 October 2020 02:43

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Seattle Storm sweep Las Vegas Aces to capture WNBA championship

Seattle has now won a record 11 games in a row in the WNBA Finals, dating to the team's first championship in 2004. I do what I have to do to be able to play at a high level," said Bird, who missed all of last season with a knee injury and only played in half of the team's regular-season games while dealing with a bone bruise. She earned WNBA Finals MVP honours for the second time in her young career, becoming the fifth player to win multiple finals MVPs. The 33-point margin of victory was the biggest in WNBA Finals history. Hamby played through the injury to finish that game but didn't return. Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart added to her extensive trophy collection Tuesday with her second WNBA title and second WNBA Finals MVP award--all by age 26, which she turned in August.

Stewart had 26 points and four rebounds Tuesday as the No. 2-seeded Storm completed a sweep of the No. 1-seeded Las Vegas Aces with a 92-59 victory at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The 33-point margin of victory was the largest in WNBA Finals history. Stewart, who shot 10-of-14 from the floor Tuesday, had her sixth consecutive WNBA Finals game with at least 20 points. The 6-foot-4 forward Stewart averaged 19.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in the regular season. A year ago, though, Stewart was watching the WNBA Finals while rehabbing an Achilles tendon injury sustained in April 2019 while playing overseas.

Seattle joined Houston, a now-defunct franchise, and Minnesota in winning its fourth title, tied for the most in the history of the WNBA, which began in 1997. The Storm's championships came in 2004, 2010 and 2018; point guard Sue Bird has started for all of those teams. This year, the 24th WNBA campaign had a regular season shortened to 22 games because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aces won both regular-season games--Bird didn't play in either game, and Stewart played in one--and that gave them the top seed. Aces forward A'ja Wilson won the league's regular-season MVP award, with Stewart coming in second.

"The city of Seattle has always had our back," Stewart said after Tuesday's win. — Breanna Stewart scored 26 points, and the Seattle Storm won their second WNBA championship in three season, sweeping the Las Vegas Aces with a 92-59 rout Tuesday night. It's the fourth title in franchise history for the Storm, who also won in 2004, 2010 and 2018. Seattle had pretty much the same core group that won the 2018 championship back for this year, led by Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. Seattle has now won a record 11 games in a row in the WNBA Finals, dating to the team's first championship in 2004.

She finished the finals averaging 11 assists in the three games. The 26-year-old Stewart set a WNBA record by scoring more than 20 points for the sixth straight finals game. Stewart and Bird were both on the bench for most of the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. The Aces, who led the league by averaging more than 23 attempts in the regular season, only had five total in Game 2. Despite scoring the first seven points of the game, Las Vegas trailed 23-21 after one quarter after the Storm closed the period on an 11-2 run.

Seattle put the game away in the third quarter, scoring 12 of the first 14 points in the period. Hamby played through the injury to finish that game but didn't return. She averaged 13.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals during the regular season. The Seattle Storm are the 2020 W.N.B.A. champions after sweeping the Las Vegas Aces in the best-of-five finals series with a 92-59 victory Tuesday night in Bradenton, Fla. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the league's 12 teams played a shortened 22-game regular season and playoff slate starting in late July inside a bubble at IMG Academy. The Storm fulfilled preseason expectations as a favorite to win their second title in three seasons, and fourth in franchise history. That was largely because of the return of the stars Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird, who both missed the 2019 season with injuries. The Seattle Storm clinched their fourth WNBA title by sweeping the Las Vegas Aces in the 2020 WNBA Finals in 3 games, with a 93-59 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night at IMG Academy Gymnasium in Bradenton, Florida, securing the series victory. Sue Bird is playing some of her best basketball during this year's WNBA playoffs as she nears a milestone birthday, joining the likes of Tom Brady and LeBron James of superstar athletes defying Father Time and still performing at a high level. Bird, who will turn 40 next week, has Seattle one victory away from winning the franchise's fourth WNBA title since the Storm drafted her No. 1 in 2002. The Storm, who won championships in 2004, 2010 and 2018, will try and close out their series with Las Vegas on Tuesday night, sweeping the best-of-five WNBA Finals. to think about it that way, she's 39 and had a record game for assists," Storm teammate Breanna Stewart said. She did have to miss the 2013 and 2019 seasons because of injuries and only was able to play in half of the Storm's games this year after suffering a bone bruise in her knee. She is averaging 9 points, 13 assists and 2.5 rebounds in the first two games against Las Vegas. "She's at another level right now running the team,′ Seattle coach Gary Kloppenburg said.