Seattle Storm took a 2-0 lead over Las Vegas Aces on Sunday, in the WNBA Finals. Breanna Stewart scored 22 points and Seattle moved within a victory of the championship.
Two days after she set the WNBA Finals and playoffs record with 16 assists, Sue Bird had 10 to go along with 16 points. The team had 33 assists to set a WNBA championship round record as the Storm had a more balanced offence. Stewart had 37 points in the series owner and Jewell Loyd added 28 more in that game.
On Sunday, the Seattle Storm saw five players in double figures. Natasha Howard and Alysha Clark added 21 each to go along with Bird and Stewart’s effort. Jordin Canada added 10 points of the bench.
The Storm took over after Las Vegas had rallied from a 13-point deficit in the first half to take a 65-64 lead with 3:22 left in the third quarter.
Seattle scored 22 of the next 30 points over the next 6 minutes to go up double-digits again with Jewell Loyd ending the burst with a 3-pointer that made it 86-73 with just under 7 minutes left. Las Vegas couldn’t respond.
Las Vegas lead A’ja Wilson had 20 points while Emma Cannon and Angel McCoughtry added 17 each. Sixth Woman of the Year Dearica Hamby was missing with a knee injury.
Taking by six by halftime, Lead Vegas made a run to take a 53-52 lead on McBride’s 3-pointer early in the third quarter. The Aces led 65-64 with 3:22 left in the period before the Storm closed with an 11-3 burst.
The Storm will try to win their fourth title with a victory in Game 3 on Tuesday night. They have won championships in 2004, 2010, and 2018. 39-year-old Sue Bird was the front runner in all the of them.
Game 3 of the WNBA Finals will be played on 7th October at 4:30 AM (IST).