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Sport Stewart, Bird help Storm sweep Lynx, advance to WNBA Finals

10:40  28 september  2020
10:40  28 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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Bird and Stewart combined to score or assists on 13 points during a 17-0 run that gave Seattle a 24-8 lead when Sami Whitcomb made a layup with 54.2 Stewart answered with back-to-back layups and, after Jewell Loyd made another layup, Stewart converted a three-point play and then hit a 3 in a 12-0

Bird and Stewart combined to score or assists on 13 points during a 17-0 run that gave Seattle a 24-8 lead when Sami Whitcomb made a layup with 54.2 seconds left in the first quarter. Stewart made a short jumper to push the Storm 's lead to 18 points with 1:05 left in the first half but Minnesota scored

Sue Bird et al. on a court: Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) and guard Sami Whitcomb celebrate after the team defeated the Minnesota Lynx during Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The Storm advance to the WNBA finals. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) © APWF Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) and guard Sami Whitcomb celebrate after the team defeated the Minnesota Lynx during Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The Storm advance to the WNBA finals. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Breanna Stewart put forth a career effort to get the Seattle Storm back to the WNBA Finals.

Stewart scored a career playoff-high 31 points - tying Seattle's franchise playoff record - and Sue Bird had 16 points and nine assists, and the Storm beat Minnesota 92-71 on Sunday to sweep the Lynx and advance to the championship round for the second time in three seasons. The Storm won the title in 2018.

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a person holding a basketball: Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart puts up a shot against the Minnesota Lynx during the second half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) © APWF Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart puts up a shot against the Minnesota Lynx during the second half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

''It's an amazing feeling to be back,'' Stewart said. ''Be back with Seattle and be back in the finals and I can't wait for Game 1 Friday.''

Stewart, who missed all of last season while recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon added six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. Mercedes Russell tied her season high with 10 points for the No. 2 seed Storm.

The Storm will play either top-seeded Las Vegas or No. 7 seed Connecticut in the Finals, which begin Friday. Seattle lost both regular season matchups with the Aces - including an 86-84 loss in the regular season finale - and won its two regular season games against the Sun by an average of 18 points.

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Breanna Stewart , Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm are WNBA champions. The Storm took care of business on Wednesday night, winning Game 3 of the 2018 WNBA Finals , 98-82 to complete the sweep of the Washington Mystics. Stewart led all scorers with 30 points, while Natasha Howard kept

Stewart had stewed during her first two Storm seasons, unwilling to accept mediocrity after such a storied collegiate and Olympic career. Stewart had 30 points, and Howard, who had been a bit player in Minnesota last year when the Lynx won the title, was a monumental contributor all year in Seattle

Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier sits on the bench late in the team's loss to the Seattle Storm during Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The Lynx were eliminated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) © APWF Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier sits on the bench late in the team's loss to the Seattle Storm during Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The Lynx were eliminated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Bird and Stewart combined to score or assist on 13 points during a 17-0 run that gave Seattle a 24-8 lead when Sami Whitcomb made a layup with 54.2 seconds left in the first quarter. Stewart made a short jumper to push the Storm's lead to 18 points with 1:05 left in the first half but Minnesota scored 16 of the next 21 points, including six by Crystal Dangerfield and two 3-pointers by Odyssey Sims, to make it 48-41 about three minutes into the third quarter.

a group of football players posing for a picture: The Seattle Storm celebrate after the team defeated the Minnesota Lynx during Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The Storm move onto the WNBA finals. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) © APWF The Seattle Storm celebrate after the team defeated the Minnesota Lynx during Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The Storm move onto the WNBA finals. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Stewart answered with back-to-back layups and, after Jewell Loyd made another layup, Stewart converted a three-point play and then hit a 3 in a 12-0 run that made it 60-41 about four minutes later and Minnesota trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

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Stewart added 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks to help the Storm wrap up one of the top two seeds in the playoffs and earn a Natasha Howard had 16 points and eight rebounds, Alysha Clark scored 14 points and Sue Bird added 10 points and nine assists for the Storm before

The fourth-seeded Lynx, who came in averaging a playoff-low 11.0 turnovers per game, committed 19 on Sunday. They made 27 of 59 from 3-point range in the first two games of the series but hit just 7 of 22 (31.8%) on Sunday.

''This was a special season with a special group,'' Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. ''No one thought we'd get past the Seattle Storm. We believed we could be competitive. We were confident. Today's game was disappointing in so many ways. Didn't see that coming.''

Napheesa Collier led Minnesota with 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Damiris Dantas and Dangerfield - the 2020 WNBA rookie of the year - scored 16 points apiece and Sims added 10 points.

a group of people playing a game of football: Seattle Storm center Mercedes Russell (2) goes up for a shot between Minnesota Lynx forward Damiris Dantas (12) and guard Odyssey Sims (1) during the second half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) © APWF Seattle Storm center Mercedes Russell (2) goes up for a shot between Minnesota Lynx forward Damiris Dantas (12) and guard Odyssey Sims (1) during the second half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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