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Storm complete sweep of Lynx, head to WNBA Finals

Field Level Media
28 Sep 2020, 07:40 GMT+10

Breanna Stewart, the WNBA's 2018 MVP, scored a playoff-career-high 31 points, leading the Seattle Storm to a 92-71 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday and a sweep of a best-of-five semifinal series in Bradenton, Fla.

Seattle will play either Las Vegas or Connecticut for the title. The Aces beat the Sun 84-75 on Sunday to force a decisive fifth game in their semifinal series on Tuesday.

Stewart, who also had seven assists and six rebounds, made 14 of 22 shots from the floor, including 2 of 4 3-point attempts.

Point guard Sue Bird added 16 points and a game-high nine assists for Seattle, which won the WNBA title in its three previous Finals appearances (2004, 2010, 2018). Mercedes Russell came of the Storm's bench for 10 points and six rebounds.

For the three-game series, Stewart averaged 23 points, eight rebounds and 5.7 assists while Bird averaged 11.3 points and 7.3 assists.

Seattle, playing with passing precision throughout, had 31 assists for 37 field goals, shooting 47.4 percent from the floor. Minnesota was held to 38.2 percent shooting from the floor.

Napheesa Collier led the Lynx with 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.

Crystal Dangerfield, the WNBA's 2020 Rookie of the Year, had 16 points for Minnesota, as did Damiras Dontas. Odyssey Sims scored 10 points.

Minnesota, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Dontas, led 6-0 early. But Seattle pulled within 8-7, then went on a 17-0 run and ended the first quarter on top 24-12. Bird and Stewart combined for 16 points in the quarter, and Seattle shot 52.6 percent from the floor while holding Minnesota to 23.5 percent.

Seattle led by as many as 18 points before settling for a 46-31 halftime advantage. Minnesota shot just 32.4 percent in the first half, and the Lynx were minus-7 on turnovers. Seattle shot 46.3 percent. Stewart led all first-half scorers with 16 points.

The Lynx used a 5-0 third-quarter run to cut their deficit to 48-38. Dangerfield produced a three-point play at the end of the quarter, cutting Seattle's lead to 64-51.

However, Minnesota never got closer than 12 points in the fourth quarter as Seattle cruised to victory.

If the Storm win the Finals, they would tie Minnesota and Houston for the most championships in league's 24-year history.

--Field Level Media

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