Breanna Stewart scored 26 factors, and the Seattle Storm received their second WNBA championship in three seasons, sweeping the Las Vegas Aces with a 92-59 rout Tuesday evening.
It is the fourth title in franchise historical past for the Storm, who additionally received in 2004, 2010 and 2018. Seattle had just about the identical core group that received the 2018 championship again for this 12 months, led by Stewart, Sue Chicken and Jewell Loyd. The Storm joined Minnesota and Houston as the one franchises to win 4 championships.
Seattle has now received a document 11 video games in a row within the WNBA Finals, courting to the workforce’s first championship in 2004. Chicken has been part of all of them. The veteran guard, who turns 40 subsequent week, was as soon as once more a catalyst for the Storm.
“I do not cheat, I do not cheat the sport. I do what I’ve to do to have the ability to play at a excessive degree,” mentioned Chicken, who missed all of final season with a knee harm and solely performed in half of the workforce’s regular-season video games whereas coping with a bone bruise.
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She completed with 5 factors and 7 assists. The league’s profession assists chief averaged 11 assists within the three-game sweep.
“We’re chill. We’re made for a wubble,” Chicken mentioned. “We do not get too excessive or low. You noticed it off the court docket with what we stood for and noticed it on the court docket with how we performed.”
Stewart named Finals MVP
The 26-year-old Stewart set a WNBA document by scoring greater than 20 factors for the sixth straight finals recreation. She earned WNBA Finals MVP honours for the second time in her younger profession, turning into the fifth participant to win a number of finals MVPs.
Her play all season confirmed she had totally recovered from a torn Achilles’ tendon that sidelined her for the whole 2019 season.
Stewart and Chicken have been each on the bench for many of the fourth quarter with the sport properly in hand. The 33-point margin of victory was the largest in WNBA Finals historical past.
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The workforce shared hugs at centre court docket after the ultimate buzzer as yellow and inexperienced confetti streamed down on them.
A’ja Wilson, the league’s regular-season MVP, tried to maintain the Aces alive. She had 14 of her 18 factors within the first quarter, hitting 5 of her 9 photographs. She additionally took 4 of the workforce’s six free throws within the interval. The Aces, who led the league by averaging greater than 23 makes an attempt within the common season, solely had 5 whole in Sport 2. Coach Invoice Laimbeer voiced his displeasure that the workforce could not get to the foul line on Sunday.
It did not matter as Seattle prolonged its two-point benefit to 43-34 on the half.
Seattle put the sport away within the third quarter, scoring 12 of the primary 14 factors within the interval.
The Aces’ future is vivid. The workforce was lacking Liz Cambage and Kelsey Plum — starters from final 12 months. Cambage was granted a medical exemption to skip taking part in this season within the bubble in Bradenton, Florida. Plum tore her Achilles’ tendon.
“I do know it hurts. However finish of the day you study and develop from it,” Wilson mentioned. “I do know I grew from it. That is successful in my e book and I’ll continue to grow.”