MVP Stewie Unanimously Selected to 2018 All-WNBA First Team

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, other NBA stars react to Seattle Storm’s WNBA title

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, other NBA stars react to Seattle Storm’s WNBA title

Up 2-0 against the Mercury in the WNBA semifinals, Seattle had the chance to clinch the series on the road.

Stewart led the Storm to their third WNBA title Wednesday night, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.

"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said. "I'm just so thankful that we were both playing in Russian Federation at the time and that we just met because we connected instantly, and that's been my person that I go to about everything in my life". "We're one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league". After Game 2, the same was said about Delle Donne's three shots to Stewart's 14. "I would have loved to have made those last two at the end, but the majority of the game, just being aggressive, assertive and doing the plays to win the game".

Seattle may have lost its SuperSonics over a decade ago but the city has now earned itself a championship courtesy of the WNBA's Storm. Yet less than a minute later, the Storm had the lead back to 15 points, completely shutting the Mystics down.

Over the past 14 years, Bird and Thibault have been on opposing sides of regular season games, but this is their first Playoff meeting since Bird's Storm defeated Thibault's Sun, 2-1, in the best-of-three series.

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. From there, it was smooth sailing to the 16-point win.

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.

Ok, maybe not to that extreme, but I do think shots will fall. "They've just said, 'OK, whatever you put in front of us, we'll deal with it'".

It was Stewart and Howard who went off tonight. Though the floor of the arena, the home gym of George Mason University, boasts the imported red, white and blue signage of the Mystics, the 10,000 seats surrounding the court alternate from green to yellow - Storm-like colors. Their combined 59 points alone accounted for more than 61 percent of the Storms' points.

Elena Delle Donne, their 2016 Olympic teammate, scored 23 points for the Mystics. Point guard Kristi Toliver was right behind her, adding 22 points. The 6-4 forward was the only player named to the First Team on all 39 ballots in voting by a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Candace Parker, Sparks: An All-WNBA selection for the eighth time, Parker (17.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.7 apg) was the only player to reach those averages in points, rebounds and assists this season. Hughes has had a storied career coaching in the WNBA, but has never won a title.

Still, Mystics guard Natasha Cloud described her team's situation as "David and Goliath", as no team in WNBA history has come back to win the championship after trailing 2-0 in the Finals. Elena Delle Donne is ready for another offensive clinic, Toliver will hit shots and Atkins will do what Atkins does, which is everything.

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