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    Storm beat Mystics for 2-0 series lead

    SEATTLE (AP) A lot of Breanna Stewart in the closing minutes and one big defensive stop in the final seconds has the Seattle Storm on the cusp of a third WNBA title.

    Stewart scored nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, Sue Bird came up with a key defensive play in the final 10 seconds, and the Storm held off the Washington Mystics 75-73 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals.

    Seattle will head to Washington for Game 3 on Wednesday night needing only a split back east to claim the third title in franchise history. Since the WNBA went to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no team has lost the first two games and fought back to force a Game 5.

    ''It came down to a stop, and I thought we did a really good job,'' Seattle coach Dan Hughes said. ''This is a team that has grown defensively. All year, we have watched the defensive numbers get better and better and better and better and better I thought it was quite poetic that some of these games were going to come down to a stop.''

    Stewart went nearly 18 minutes of game time without scoring, but was responsible for six of Seattle's final seven points as the Storm held off Washington's late rally. The league MVP got her touches in the closing minutes, while Washington didn't make sure star Elena Delle Donne got her opportunities. Delle Donne finished with 17 points but was scoreless in the fourth quarter and took just one shot.

    Delle Donne scored on a three-point play late in the third quarter. It was her final points.

    ''I think we fell in love too much with me getting the ball on the block. I'm more than just a back-to-the-basket type of player. Playing in space opens up my teammates, also opens myself up,'' Delle Donne said. ''We've got to find a way to not become one-dimensional and just try to force it in.''

    While Game 1 was a romp for Seattle, Game 2 was in the balance inside the final minute despite all that didn't go right for Washington. The Mystics didn't hit a 3-pointer for the first time all season. Delle Donne wasn't absent from the offense in the fourth quarter. The Mystics were outrebounded by 10 and had just 10 assists on 29 made baskets.

    Yet the opportunity was there to go home with the series even.

    Kristi Toliver's two key jumpers pulled Washington within 74-73 and when Stewart missed a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, Washington had a chance to take the lead.

    That's when Bird, the oldest player in the league, relied on her experience.

    Toliver appeared open for a 3 and Bird lunged forward. That opened a lane baseline, but as Toliver was going by Bird was able to reach from behind and poke the ball free. The mad scramble ended up in a jump ball between Natasha Howard and Tianna Hawkins ended up in the hands of Jewell Loyd. Seattle was able to run seven seconds off the clock before Alysha Clark was fouled and her free throw gave Seattle a two-point lead. Washington was out of timeouts and couldn't advance the ball into the front court. Atkins' desperation half-court shot at the buzzer was well off.

    Washington believed Bird had fouled Toliver, especially with Seattle having a foul to give.

    ''I got fouled going baseline. I think it was pretty blatant, pretty obvious,'' Toliver said.

    ''Sue Bird took the foul. Officials didn't understand that Seattle was actually trying to take the foul, ball got knocked loose on floor,'' Washington coach Mike Thibault said.

    Bird insisted Washington's interpretation was wrong. She was going for the steal.

    ''Once she went by me, I did the good ol' Sue Bird move and was lucky to get a piece of the ball,'' said Bird, saying she's done that move since she was in college. ''I knew we had a foul to give, but that was not my intention at all.''

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    Toliver and Ariel Atkins both added 15 points for Washington, but got nothing from behind the 3-point line. Their season-low prior to Sunday was one. Toliver was 0 of 6 from deep.

    ''That's a huge facet of the game too. As a 3-point shooting team, we need some of those to go in,'' Toliver said.

    BIRD'S BUCKET

    Bird finished with 8 points but had one of the biggest shots of the game when she banked in a 35-footer midway through the fourth quarter as the shot clock was expiring. The basket gave Seattle a 68-63 lead.

    ''I did not call it, I did not mean it,'' Bird said. ''I'm glad it went in.''

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    Seattle has won seven straight Finals games dating to 2004. They have never lost a Finals game at home. ... Bird moved into second place on the all-time playoff assists list.

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    Game 3 is Wednesday night in Washington.

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    Storm coronation only a matter of time

    SEATTLE (AP) If history is any indicator, the WNBA Finals are already over.

    That may not be a fair assessment to make about the Washington Mystics, who head back home facing a 2-0 deficit to the Seattle Storm in the best-of-five series, and nearly pulled off a split in Seattle before falling short 75-73 in Game 2 on Sunday.

    But the history of teams that have faced a 2-0 deficit since the league went to a best-of-five format in 2005 doesn't paint an optimistic picture for the Mystics. Four times before, the higher seed has swept the first two games at home. In all four occasions the series ended in Game 3.

    ''We feel really good, we feel really positive. We're going to be better,'' Washington guard Kristi Toliver said after Game 2. ''We were better from the day before. We're going to be better when we get home, and we're going to knock down shots.''

    Whether it happens in a sweep or not, Seattle has positioned itself to join the elite of WNBA franchises. Seattle could become just the sixth franchise in league history to win three or more titles and join the defunct Houston Comets as the only franchise to have never lost a Finals appearance. The Comets were four-for-four before folding after the 2008 season.

    Seattle is on the cusp of being three-for-three in the Finals, all of them with Sue Bird at the helm. Her running mate for Seattle's first two titles was Lauren Jackson. Now it's league MVP Breanna Stewart, who had an MVP-type performance in Game 2.

    ''For somebody who consistently has presence and consistently wants the ball and consistently is winning your team basketball games that's an MVP. ... In all honesty, she's been showing it all season,'' Bird said.

    There's still a lot for Washington to overcome when it returns home for Game 3 on Wednesday night. After getting blown out in Game 1, the Mystics had a chance to get out of Seattle with a split, only to watch the Storm rally in the fourth quarter behind Stewart.

    Seattle made a point of making sure Stewart got her hands on the ball in the fourth quarter. She made both of her shot attempts, took six free throws, grabbed two rebounds and had two steals in the fourth quarter alone, when Seattle outscored Washington 17-12.

    Meanwhile, the Mystics couldn't figure out how to find Elena Delle Donne. Yes, she's not at 100 percent playing with a bone bruise in her left knee, but the absence of Delle Donne in the fourth quarter was a major factor in Game 2. She had just one shot attempt, no rebounds, no free throws in the final 10 minutes.

    Seattle coach Dan Hughes said it was a focus from the outset of the game to get Stewart as many touches as possible.

    ''Your chances, your analytics for success with Breanna Stewart catching the ball twice is good, and I don't even know the exact number, but I've watched enough tape to know,'' Hughes said.

    Washington coach Mike Thibault was annoyed with several things after Game 2, most dealing with officiating.

    His opening statement noted the free throw difference between Stewart and Delle Donne (14 to 3), and an apparent non-call on Washington's next-to-last possession where Bird knocked the ball from Toliver as she drove the baseline. The scramble for the loose ball led to a jump ball that Seattle won and ended Washington's chance to escape the Pacific Northwest with a split.

    ''Obviously, it's really frustrating to not come away with the win, but we were able to see a lot of things, and we get to build on it for these next three games,'' Delle Donne said.

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    Wednesday, September 12


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    SEATTLE (31 - 10) at WASHINGTON (25 - 16) - 9/12/2018, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 11-26 ATS (-17.6 Units) in road games on Wednesday since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    SEATTLE is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) in road games this season.
    SEATTLE is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    SEATTLE is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
    SEATTLE is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    WASHINGTON is 34-56 ATS (-27.6 Units) as a home favorite of 3 points or less since 1997.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 6-4 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    SEATTLE is 7-4 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 11 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WNBA

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    Trend Report
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    Seattle Storm
    Seattle is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games
    Seattle is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games
    Seattle is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
    Seattle is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
    Seattle is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Washington
    Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
    Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Seattle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    Washington Mystics
    Washington is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
    Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
    Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Seattle
    Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
    Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle
    Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle


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    Wednesday, September 12



    Seattle @ Washington

    Game 617-618
    September 12, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Seattle
    112.119
    Washington
    120.849
    Dunkel Team:
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    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 8 1/2
    172
    Vegas Team:
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    Washington
    by 3 1/2
    166
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (-3 1/2); Over

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    Storm on cusp of third WNBA title
    The Associated Press


    WASHINGTON -- The Seattle Storm know their 2-0 lead over the Washington Mystics in the best-of-five WNBA Finals is more precarious than it appears.

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

    With Mystics star Elena Delle Donne appearing to get stronger with each passing day, the Storm can't afford to give away any games.

    "We can't relax," Storm forward Natasha Howard told the Seattle Times. "Not now. We know they're going home and they'll feel good about being at home in front of their fans. But we can't take our foot off the pedal. That got us before. We went through that and now I think we'll handle it much better."

    Home has been an evolving term for the Mystics of late. With Capital One Arena unavailable, the Mystics played their semifinal home games at the Smith Center on the George Washington University campus. With that facility no longer an option, they'll be hosting the Storm at EagleBank Arena on the George Mason campus in Fairfax, Va.

    Seattle is in the WNBA Finals for the third time in franchise history. They won the championship in their first two appearances in 2004 and 2010. They're on the verge of becoming the sixth franchise in league history to win at least three championships.

    To win the first championship in franchise history, the third-seeded Mystics must win three straight games, something no WNBA team has done in the best-of-five Finals.

    Converting their 3-point attempts would be a big step in the right direction.

    In Game 1, Washington made just 3 of 21 shots from beyond the arc. In Game 2 they were 0-for-16, though they forced 15 turnovers and were in the game until the end losing 75-73.

    "We don't make 3s, it's hard for us," Mystics coach Mike Thibault told EPSN.com after Game 2. "We're one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league. ... It's tough when we don't make any. We rely on that, and we didn't make them tonight."

    Both teams rely heavily on the 3-point shot. Seattle led the league by scoring 31.1 percent of their points from beyond the arc, with Washington next at 29.8 percent.

    After scoring 10 points of 4-for-11 shooting in Game 1, Delle Donne - who suffered a bone bruise in her left knee in the semifinals -- scored 17 points on 7 of-16 shooting in Game 2 while switching from a brace to a sleeve. However, she was scoreless in the fourth quarter.

    "Obviously it's really frustrating to not come away with the win, but we were able to see a lot of things," Delle Donne told the Washington Post. "And we get to build on it for these next three games."

    Meanwhile, league MVP Breanna Stewart has been nearly unstoppable, averaging 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the first two games.

    "To start the game (Sunday), we got second touches for Stewie in situations ... and they were paint touches," Storm coach Dan Hughes told the Seattle Times. "Those are huge. Those are huge because not only is she going to score, she's going to distribute well."


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