Storm sweep Mystics, win third WNBA title


Stewart got better with each game - 22 points in Game 1, 25 points in Game 2 and a game-high 30 points in Game 3 - as she was determined to close out this series on Wednesday at EagleBank Arena at George Mason University and not give the Mystics any hope of rallying.

The Storm became the sixth team to sweep a Finals in three games - something the team did in 2010.

After defeating the Atlanta Dream in the previous round of the WNBA playoffs, the Washington Mystics embarked on their first Finals appearance in franchise history.

Storm forward and league MVP Breanna Stewart said she wasn't sure if she would go.

Dan Hughes, 63, was lured out of retirement before the season to coach the Storm. "I've seen her as a youngster, and I have seen her with the Storm, and she really is truly fantastic". She truly was the MVP of these Finals.

James later congratulated Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart as well as the rest of the Storm on their victory. Loyd and Stewart would prove instrumental, and Bird's continued success and leadership late into her career has been a key to the team's development over the past few years. Sue Bird can still do it, even at the age of 37 and being the oldest player in the WNBA just got a storybook ending to a fantastic career. "There is probably no comparison to be honest". Hughes knows that the Mystics likely won't go 0-for-16 again on 3-pointers like they did in Game 2. "And so we're poised to get better".

The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted about the celebration Wednesday night after the big win. 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. "All year you could just see the escalation".

It was also reported that Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was a guest on the next episode of LeBron's HBO show 'The Shop.' "From letting a team back into the game, to end of game how we're handling things".

"We had a great season", Delle Donne made clear.

Now she can add a WNBA title and a WNBA Finals MVP to her resume.

The legendary University of CT women's basketball coach sat next to his long-time assistant Chris Daley watching the most decorated player they'd ever coach do what she always does - dominate and win. "I am really happy for her".

Toliver, seated next to the first-team All-WNBA player, chimed in, "I'm going to need a lot tonight".

The Storm, which the had the best-record in the regular season at 26-8 and the No. 1 playoff seed, was too quick, too efficient on the perimeter offensively and just too good for No. 3 Washington. The Mystics joined that unwanted club.