GAME 3

#2 Seattle Storm
vs #1 Las Vegas Aces

Seattle leads 2-0

4 p.m. | IMG Academy | Bradenton, Florida

TV: ESPN | Stream: FuboTV

(Illustration by Rich Boudet / The Seattle Times)
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Storm win WNBA championship | Game story

The dynasty question came up at the start of the WNBA postseason and it was obvious, Sue Bird didn’t want to reveal her true thoughts with so much still remaining to be done. 

“Oh man, I can’t even think about that right now,” she said smiling while staring into a camera. “Talk to me after the season, when it’s all said and done and I’ll have an answer for you.” 

Well, it’s apparent that the Storm is at the start of perhaps the greatest dynasty in WNBA and Seattle sports history. 

How else can you describe a franchise that captured a record-tying fourth championship – and the second title in three years – following Tuesday night’s 92-59 victory over No. 1 seed Las Vegas in Bradenton, Florida. 

—Percy Allen
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2020 WNBA CHAMPS

Rich Boudet / The Seattle Times
Rich Boudet / The Seattle Times

The Storm has won its fourth WNBA championship in franchise history and second in three seasons after sweeping the series against the Las Vegas Aces behind dominant performances from Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird.

The route is on. Get the champagne ready.

The Storm leads the Aces by 29 points with just under 6 minutes to play. Seattle is well on its way to a WNBA championship and Breanna Stewart is on her way to a second Finals MVP award.

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Photos from Game 3

Storm lead Aces by 23 points entering 4th quarter

Seattle takes a 19-point lead to start second half

The Storm can taste a championship. After going into the half up 9, the Storm went on a 12-2 run to start the third quarter and open up a 19-point lead -- its largest of the game.

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Halftime analysis from Percy Allen

Stewart climbed over the back of Kayla McBride while trying to grab an offensive rebound and picked up her third foul with 7:13 remaining in the second and Seattle leading 27-25. Without their star, the Storm outscored theh Aces 16-10 the rest of the court and takes a 43-34 lead into halftime. Inexplicably, Las Vegas got Wilson just one shot in the quarter and she’s still stuck on 14 points. The Storm has turned 10 Aces turnovers into 11 points. Stewart still has 11 points, Jewell Loyd 10 and Sue Bird tallied five assists, including a halfcourt, no-look dime to Natasha Howard for a layup. 

Jewell Loyd is cooking

Jewell Loyd has made up the scoring gap with Breanna Stewart on the bench, scoring 10 first-half points on 5-8 shooting.

Storm takes largest lead of the game

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Sue Bird does it again

Breanna Stewart in foul trouble

Former WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart picked up her third foul with just under 7 minutes remaining in the first half. Stewart, who has 11 points on 5-6 shooting, will likely sit the remained of the half.

First quarter analysis from Percy Allen

The Storm overcame an early nine-point deficit (13-4) and an offensive assault from A’ja Wilson (14 points) to take a 23-21 lead at the end of the quarter. Breanna Stewart was quiet at that start, but she has 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting. Seattle is shooting 57.9 percent. Natasha Howard has two fouls, but backup center Mercedes Russell has given the Storm good minutes in the post. 

—Percy Allen
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A'ja Wilson dominating

The WNBA MVP has scored 14 first-quarter points on 5-9 shooting, but the Storm has rallied back to tie the game at 21-21.

Storm trailing early

A tough start so far for Seattle, which trails 13-4. Forward and former defensive player of the year Natasha Howard is in early foul trouble with 2.

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Game time!

The Storm and Aces have tipped off. Seattle, leading 2-0, needs just one win for a fourth WNBA championship. Will they get it done tonight? Follow live with us for updates and highlights.

Same Whitcomb announces Storm starting 5

Pregame reading: Storm looks to close out Aces

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Storm moms wish players good luck

Storm players arrive

30 minutes until tip-off

The Storm has a chance to win its second title in three seasons and a fourth championship in franchise history tonight.

“Game 3 is not going to be easy,” Storm guard Sue Bird said during a postgame televised interview. “You just have to stay in the moment, possession by possession. They’re good. It’s tough. These are battles. The score doesn’t indicate it and I’m sure it will be the same in Game 3.”