Seattle Storm beat Mercury to win 2018 WNBA Finals

Isaiah Thomas. Courtesy The Player's Tribune

Isaiah Thomas. Courtesy The Player's Tribune

Seattle ended up losing that game by 2 points, and in an essay for The Players' Tribune Bird said that she was proud of the team because they proved they could do it without her - something she's been pushing them to realize all season.

Stewart, who just finished her third year in the WNBA, led a strong front court effort as the Storm started to build up a lead late in the first quarter.

Natasha Howard added a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm.

As if to drive the point home, that the Mystics' wander through the postseason desert had reached its nadir, Sue Bird poked her head out from the locker room after morning shoot-around in her green and yellow warmups, perfectly matching the paint and seats of Eagle Bank Arena.

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What took place on Wednesday night on the campus of George Mason University, in a green-and-yellow arena turned red-and-blue, would have been hard to imagine just two years ago.

FRESH KICKS: Bird appears to be poking fun at herself for being the oldest player in the WNBA with shoes she had designed for Game 1 of the Finals. And of course, Atkins emerged as one of the best rookies in a strong 2018 draft class, showcasing her ability as both a tenacious defender and viable offensive threat behind Delle Donne and Toliver. The Mystics were 0-for-16 on 3-pointers in a 75-73 loss in Seattle in Game 2. I didn't know if I'd be back to the finals ever again. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years. "I didn't even know [Toliver's] favorite beer".

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A young Seattle team that lost in the first round the past two years and won just 15 games last season, obliterated the Mystics.

"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it". Washington's Entertainment and Sports Arena is scheduled to open September 22 and will house the entire Mystics operation, offices for Thibault and his staff included. It was a convincing 98-82 win for Seattle to capture the franchise's third championship in history. Past year we were brand new.

KT: "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

After trailing 69-53 entering the fourth quarter, the Mystics rallied to within five points at 72-67 on a 3-pointer by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 6:49 remaining.

"The fans did a really good job of getting behind us throughout this run".

"This is probably going to be one of the defining moments of my career to have played however many years I've been playing, to have won in all these places, but then to do it at the end in such a way that was different from all the others, it's really incredible".

"It didn't feel like my first WNBA finals closeout game", the poised Stewart said. "We're already onto the next thing". "So to end it this way, there's nothing better".

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