Fans witnessed a sweep in the NBA Finals earlier this year and were treated to yet another in the early hours of this morning as the Seattle Storm swept the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals.
It all went down at Eagle Bank Arena, a college basketball arena where the final game was hosted.
The Storm, who finished the regular season as top seed and with a best record at 26-8, proved to be just too efficient on both ends of the court for the third-seed Mystics, who did not have enough in the tank to even take one game in the best-of-five contest.
With 30 points from Breanna Stewart, 29 from Natasha Howard and 10 from Sue Bird, Seattle took their third Championship in franchise history.
The Storm, who had lost in the first round in the past two years, seemed to dominate the series from the jump, handing the Mystics an 89-76 Game 1 blowout, followed by a 75-73 Game 2 win. Seattle had clear dominance in the evidently lopsided series.
In what was initially considered a matchup between two of the league’s best 3-point shooting teams, the Mystics fell short while the Storm made good on 13-of-26 shots behind the arc, while Washington failed to convert from range. The Mystics were 8-for-23 in Game 3 and 11-for-60 (18.3 percent) in the series.
With this morning’s win Seattle also became the sixth team to sweep a Finals in three games, having achieved this back in 2010.
This will definitely go down as one of the best series wins in Seattle Storm history simply on the numbers alone: a 98-82 victory that concludes a three-game sweep is no easy feat to repeat.
In a pregame interview, Stewart told nba.com that the Storm would continue to focus on the next game. They would disregard past misfortunes, which included seven straight playoff losses on the road and would focused totally on Game 3. And the team did just that.
Both teams were 6-of-18 from the field in the first quarter, but the Storm finished it in the lead with 20-16 as they were 4-of-9 on 3-pointers against Washington’s 2-of-5.
The Storm had a 46-30 lead at the half, after outscoring the Mystics 26-14 in the second quarter.
Howard, the X factor in Game 3, had a standout performance. While the Mystics focused a lot on slowing Bird and Stewart down, Howard managed to put up 29 points and grab a game-high 14 rebounds.
On the back of an MVP-worthy regular season, Finals MVP Stewart seemed to have saved her best performance for last and put up a playoffs career-high 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including 4-of-5 3-pointers.
The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, WNBA, their clubs or Kwesé Sports.