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Seattle Storm beat Mercury to win 2018 WNBA Finals

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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

But this year, the Storm's third-year star fulfilled her promise in spectacular fashion. After eliminating Phoenix in a thrilling five-game series in the 2018 WNBA Semifinals, the Storm collected two triumphs in the Emerald City against Washington (89-76 on September 7; 75-73 on September 9) before defeating the Mystics on Wednesday to complete the sweep.

The top-seeded Storm led Phoenix 2-0 in the semifinals and then dropped two straight road games before winning Game 5 in Seattle.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points and Kristi Toliver scored 20 points for the Mystics. "Best feeling in the world". We'd like to have taken that one last step, but the window for us is open right now. We knew what to do and how to get better. The 6-4 forward averaged a career-best 21.8 points per game, ranking second in the league, to go along with 8.4 boards per affair. Though the floor of the arena, the home gym of George Mason University, boasts the imported red, white and blue signage of the Mystics, the 10,000 seats surrounding the court alternate from green to yellow - Storm-like colors.

"Honestly, it didn't feel like my first WNBA Finals closeout". They're on the verge of becoming the sixth franchise in league history to win at least three championships.

The Seattle Storm's championship-clinching Game 3 of the 2018 WNBA Finals earned a 0.4 metered-market rating last night, the highest-rated WNBA Finals game on ESPN2 since 2010 (tied with six other Finals games). In Game 2 they were 0-for-16, though they forced 15 turnovers and were in the game until the end losing 75-73.

"Every one of us, one through 12, the coaching staff ... helped us reach this point. I'm going to tell you what, they were special in November, January, and when we started April 29th, and they're special tonight".

The Storm shot 50 percent from both the field (36 of 72) and from 3-point range (13 of 26). Too many short range shots left at the rim cost Washington crucial points.

Alysha Clark finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for the Storm, and veteran Sue Bird finished with 10 points and 10 assists. Donning a clear face mask to avoid any more damage to her nose, Bird got tied up with Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner and Briann January in the fourth quarter and got up off the floor yelling that her face mask had been shoved. "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". "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into".

Stewart scored and scored and scored in this series, capping her first Finals appearance with 30 points - a career high in the playoffs - eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. After years of work and planning and back-to-back No. 1 draft picks, the franchise had found a way to bring the trophy back to Seattle.

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