Watch: Sue Bird’s sensational fourth quarter in the Storm’s 94-84 win earned her props from NBA peers

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Sue Bird lets the official have it after a jump ball was called late in the 4th quarter. Bird felt her facemask was being pulled off while in the pile. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Sue Bird set the basketball world on fire on Tuesday night with a performance for the ages that propelled the Storm into the WNBA Finals. Watch her transcendent fourth quarter here, then see what some NBA greats had to say about it.

Sue Bird electrified the crowd at KeyArena on Tuesday night with a masterful fourth quarter performance that she admitted was “up there” as one of the best fourth quarter big game stretches she’s had in her career.

“I don’t know that I’ve had a fourth quarter like this in a big game in my life, to be honest,” Bird said after the game.

Bird scored 14 of her 22 points in the final 5:48 of the game to break the contest open and earn the Storm a trip to the WNBA Finals against the Washington Mystic.

Bird’s performance ignited social media and earned her congratulatory tweets from a host of NBA stars who clearly appreciate game when they see it.

But it wasn’t just NBA players who were gushing over Bird’s dominance in that fourth quarter. Many Seattle celebrities  chimed in too — including Storm great Lauren Jackson, who, before that pivotal Game 5, told Breanna Stewart to “get it done.”

(Stewie, by the way, was no slouch either, finished with 28 points.)

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