Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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SEA 98, WASH 82: Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics for WNBA title

SEA 98, WASH 82: Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics for WNBA title

Bird is redefining what it means to grow old in the WNBA and said "40 is the new 30".

Only after Sue Bird found her streaking to the basket once again through a lane in the Mystics defense did Stewart's face register acknowledgement of the enormity of her success: a 30-point performance and a set of games that left no doubt as to who the best player in the world is right now: Stewart, the 2018 WNBA MVP and Finals MVP. In 2015, as she's spoken about often through this title run, she was an unrestricted free agent and had given a lot of thought into leaving Seattle.

A rally and a parade are planned for Sunday afternoon near Seattle Center.

"I'm sure he's going to say we're not invited anyway".

A year ago before the All-Star break, Bird gleefully pondered a scenario in which she would walk away if she ever won another title and go out on top like John Elway following a Super Bowl win at 38. "I got you, Panda". "That was very far from my imagination". Atkins cemented herself as the Mystics' starting three with her speed and defensive effort, and it didn't hurt that she averaged 20.1 points per 40 minutes in the regular season.

Last night, with the help of some fellow former Huskies - Bird and three-point specialist Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis - Stewart won her first WNBA championship in her third season.

Also not taking this trip to the Finals for granted are the Mystics.

Despite losing in their first Finals appearance in the team's 21-year history, Thibault and the Mystics know that the 9,000-plus fans who traveled 20 miles outside of Washington, D.C., and piled into Eagle Bank Arena know their team, for the first time in nearly a decade, has a bright future. The Mystics got out to a 4-0 lead with Kristi Toliver and Elena Delle Donne knocking down jump shots, while the Storm had back-to-back turnovers.

"I think this was our year", Hughes said.


Delle Donne was also named to the All-WNBA First Team on Wednesday. Stewart averaged 24 points in Seattle's series against Phoenix and carried the scoring load for much of Game 5 until Bird got hot late. We don't feel like we've peaked and this was it for us.

The 98-82 win adds to Seattle's 89-76 and 75-73 victories that they secured in games one and two, respectively.

FIRST-TIME WINNER: The Finals will feature a coach who will raise the trophy for the first time. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote.

Thibault has only reached the Finals twice in his career - in 2004 and 2005 with CT. They overhauled the roster after missing the playoffs in 2016, then reached the 2017 semifinals before getting swept by a Minnesota team playing at its full dynastic power.

The Storm became the sixth team to sweep a Finals in three games - something the team did in 2010.

The shoes feature the image of Emma Webster, better known as "Granny" from the Looney Tunes cartoons.

The ultra-confident, steely cool Stewart had a feeling about this game, just as she had a feeling about this series and this season.

In consecutive years - 1978 and 1979 - the Washington Bullets and Seattle SuperSonics met in the NBA Finals. Seattle's other title came in 2004.

Washington came out in the second half with the hustle and desperation you'd expect from a team with their season hanging in the balance.

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