WNBA Finals: Seattle Storm win fourth championship, Breanna Stewart earns second Finals MVP

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The Seattle Storm’s journey to a 2020 WNBA championship was one that took an unexpected turn prior to the 2019 season starting with injuries to the Storm’s two marquee players in Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart.

The Storm made last season’s playoffs but were eliminated last season by the Los Angeles Sparks in the second round.

Add to that the complications of how coronavirus forced the entire WNBA to the IMG wubble in Florida and it threw another wrench in the Storm’s potential plans for a championship.

But the Storm were getting Stewart and Bird back in addition to their long list of characters that were instrumental in their 2018 victory over the Washington Mystics.

That trek back to the top of the WNBA’s mountain was completed on October 6, 2020 as Seattle put the rest of the league back on notice that the team to beat resides in Emerald City, USA.

Sporting a 2-0 series lead in the WNBA Finals over the Las Vegas Aces, the Storm were apparently ready to bid adieu to the wubble. After a tight first quarter (Seattle only led 23-21 after one frame and 43-34 at the half), the Storm put the game away by outscoring Vegas 32-14 in the third frame. That was the difference and everything else that happened was purely academic.

The Storm won 92-59 over the Aces, claiming the franchise’s second title in three years and its fourth in franchise history – all with Sue Bird leading the way.

That fourth ring, by the way, ties them with the Houston Comets and Minnesota Lynx for the most championships in WNBA history. Between the Comets, Lynx and Storm, they have also won half of all WNBA championships in league history with four apiece in the league’s 24 seasons.

And while she may not have won the regular season MVP, we think Stewie will be more than happy with a second Finals MVP to add to her already stacked trophy case.

For the game, she dropped 26 points with four rebounds. Jewell Loyd scored 19 with nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. In her postgame interview with Holly Rowe, she reminded everyone what this season was all about.

Jordin Canada tallied 15 points with five rebounds and three assists. Alysha Clark scored 10 with seven rebounds and five assists. Bird dished out seven assists.

A’ja Wilson scored 18 points and also hauled in six rebounds with four assists. Jackie Young added 11 off the bench. Carolyn Swords got 10 boards.

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