Seattle claims fourth title with romp of Las Vegas
After a 33-point clobbering of Las Vegas, Seattle claimed its second championship in the last three years and fourth overall.
The Storm beat the Aces 92-59 in game three of the WNBA Finals to sweep the league’s best team Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Seattle is now tied with the Houston Comets and Minnesota Lynx for the most titles in league history with four.
Forward Breanna Stewart became the fifth player in league history to win multiple Finals Most Valuable Player awards after posting 26 points on 10-of-14 from the floor in the closeout game.
Stewart missed all of last year with an achilles injury after winning league and finals MVP in 2018.
She returned this year to post 28.3 points per game in the championship series.
The game was in-hand for Seattle for the majority of the contest, aided by a big second half finish where the Storm outscored the Aces 49-25.
For the third consecutive time, Vegas was down at halftime to Seattle.
The Aces trailed at halftime in all eight postseason games this year.
Seattle held a lead as large as 35 points while Las Vegas held one of nine.
With another championship, guard Sue Bird continues to add to her hall-of-fame resumé as she has been a part of all four of Seattle’s titles in franchise history.
She is now the first in WNBA history with titles in three different decades. Forwards Tim Duncan and John Salley are the only players to ever do it.
Bird scored five posted and dished out a game-high seven assists.
Seattle out-assisted Vegas 26-14 in the game three blowout win.
Moreover, the Storm out-assisted the Aces in every game this series averaging 28.7 assists per game.
In games one and two, Seattle set the record for most assists in the first half with 17.
Furthermore, the Storm posted three of the five best assist marks by a team in WNBA history including the all-time record of 33 assists in game two.
In that same game, the Aces recorded the second-most assists by a team in a WNBA Finals game with 29.
Guard Jewell Loyd scored 19 points in the championship-clincher.
Nicknamed the “Gold Mamba” Loyd dedicated the Storm’s championship to Kobe, Gigi and the Bryant family.
Kobe, Gigi along with seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas in January.