The brilliant Breanna Stewart, arguably the best women's basketball player in the world, hit a tough shot in traffic, was fouled, and completed the three-point play.
Bird has played on all three championship teams.
She concluded, "Going into game three we are trying to execute". But, as he pointed out, especially in the WNBA where a majority of players play year-round and are injury prone, winning a title takes the luck of being healthy all year.
Bird is the common factor in Seattle's three championship runs, which have been under different coaches-the late Anne Donovan in 2004 (first female coach to win a WNBA title), Brian Agler in 2010 and Dan Hughes in 2018. For a game featuring teams from Seattle and Washington D.C., Hartford-New Haven had the second highest viewership for markets watching the championship behind only Seattle-Tacoma, according to ESPN.
But Seattle countered with eight consecutive points to pull away and put the game to bed.
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The Storm, which the had the best-record in the regular season at 26-8 and the No. 1 playoff seed, was too quick, too efficient on the perimeter offensively and just too good for No. 3 Washington. The 6-4 forward averaged a career-best 21.8 points per game, ranking second in the league, to go along with 8.4 boards per affair. "She's kind of helped me get to this point, and like you said, if there was one person on this team that I wanted to win it with it was her".
"Honestly, we've been that way all season", said Natasha Howard, who proved to be perhaps the missing piece in the Storm's championship puzzle.
Bird, 37, finished with 10 points and 10 assists to bolster Finals and league MVP Breanna Stewart, who saved her best for last: 30 points - a career-high for the playoffs - on 11-of-22 shooting, including four 3-pointers on five attempts.
Bird returned from a broken nose suffered 48 hours earlier for masked heroics, in which she took over in the clutch while scoring 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter of a decisive Game 5 win in the semis. "We're only out there on the court a little bit of time together, but the moments that we spend hanging out in the airport, playing 'would you rather, ' hanging out, getting dinner together, those are the moments that are so special, and what we're actually probably going to miss the most now that this season has ended".
The sharpshooter, who played three seasons with the Perth Lynx, averaged 6.0 points per game throughout the three Finals games, playing a key role off the bench.
It's a good thing the Storm players never let on about the win-it-for-Sue talk. Stewart had 25 points in each of the first two meetings but was held to 10 in the final matchup. I'm a very left-footed player. I think we've really grown this fanbase.