Seattle Storm wins 3rd WNBA championship

Storm forward Breanna Stewart is all smiles during warmups before the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday

Storm forward Breanna Stewart is all smiles during warmups before the Seattle Storm take on the Washington Mystics for game two of the WNBA Finals at Key Arena in Seattle Sunday

The Seattle Storm cruised to a 2-0 lead over the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals, beating the Mystics by double-digits in the first two games.

And unlike the semifinals, Seattle seeks to bring a sense of urgency into Game 3. "I think that what we did as a team for these past four months, we had a goal and that was to win a championship". "We're one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league". It helped that she had her frontcourt partner Natasha Howard having the game of her life as well.

Stewart was a unanimous choice to the all-WNBA first team, the league announced Wednesday, while fellow UConn graduate Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury extended her own record with a 10th first-team selection. "And I think it's just because of my age and because the older you get, the more you know, and the more you know can go wrong".

"We knew at halftime when we were up whatever it was, 16, 15, whatever it was [17-point lead, 47-30], that they were going to make a run, they were going to make a push", said Stewart.

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Alysha Clark had 15 points for Seattle.

She became the sixth player in WNBA history to be named regular season and Finals MVP in the same year, joining last year's victor Sylvia Fowles (2017), former Storm star Lauren Jackson (2010), Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (2009) and a pair of legends in Lisa Leslie (2001) and Cynthia Cooper (1997, 1998).

Now, fans can gear up with a brand new Seattle Storm t-shirt, celebrating their three-peat.

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. I like to push off one leg, and floaters, step-backs, all that off my left leg, so just trying to find a different way to get it done. I just wanted to bridge that gap as fast as I could, and they've been great. "But we'll take a degree because they're hard guards in a lot of situations".

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"We don't want to go [back] to Seattle to play", Stewart said.

Stewart saved her best for last and scored 30 points - a career high for the playoffs - on 11-of-22 shooting, including 4 of 5 three-pointers. She finished with 29 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Their combined 59 points alone accounted for more than 61 percent of the Storms' points.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points for the Mystics. In Game 2, the Mystics missed all 16 of their three-point attempts, any of which would have been the difference in a two-point loss.

Before the Storm selected Stewart with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, the 6-4 forward arrived with the incredible hype befitting the only player to win four NCAA tournament titles and four Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four awards.

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