WNBA Champions Storm vs Mystics Game 3 Recap

2018 All-WNBA Teams Announced: MVP Stewart Headlines First Team, Taurasi Selected for Record 13th Time

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.

Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, was certainly appreciative of the title - and the growth of the Storm's younger players.

As bedlam burst and champagne poured, Breanna Stewart stood tall inside the cramped, plastic-lined visitor's locker room and allowed herself a smile of gratification.

For years, Bird has sidestepped talk about when she'll put an end to a Hall-of-Fame bound career that includes two NCAA titles at CT, four Olympic gold medals, three FIBA world championships and four EuroLeague championships.

Now she can add a WNBA title and a WNBA Finals MVP to her resume.

The Seattle Storm bench celebrates in the third quarter against the Washington Mystics during Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on September 7, 2018 in Seattle. After eliminating Phoenix in a thrilling five-game series in the 2018 WNBA Semifinals, the Storm collected two triumphs in the Emerald City against Washington (89-76 on September 7; 75-73 on September 9) before defeating the Mystics on Wednesday to complete the sweep.

Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in, "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

Since changing to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no WNBA team has gone down 2-0 and recovered to force a Game 5.

Stewart and Bird have had each had a remarkable year, culminating in a magical end to the season that's been years in the making for their franchise.

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Stewart upped her points per game once the playoffs rolled around, and Bird and Loyd each had signature scoring performances en route to the trophy.

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.

Taurasi, the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, tied for third in the league at 20.7 points per game and was fourth in assists at 5.3 per game. The team was young, and Bird knew they were rebuilding, but she chose to stay.

It's a good thing the Storm players never let on about the win-it-for-Sue talk. Already playing with superstar Elena Delle Donne nursing a knee injury suffered earlier in the playoffs, the team fell in an early hole and trailed by 16 at halftime.

The Mystics reached the finals after finishing as the number two seed in the Eastern conference with a 22-12 record, receiving a bye to the second round. Washington went on a 16-3 run to again close their deficit to just five points as Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had eight points in six second-half minutes.

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

Washington shot 43.5 percent from the field (30 of 69) but was 8 of 23 from beyond the 3-point arc.

"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said.

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