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Storm sweep Lynx, clinch WNBA final berth

For the second time in three years, the Seattle Storm will compete for the WNBA title. After outscoring the Minnesota Lynx 24-12 in the first quarter, Seattle cruised to a 92-71 victory in Game 3 of their best-of-five semifinals matchup.

Led by a 31-point performance from Breanna Stewart, the Storm’s most valuable player demonstrated why she’s one of the best in the world. Veteran Sue Bird had 16 points and nine assists, highlighting the importance of these two players for Seattle.

From Minnesota’s perspective, it was a disappointing way to conclude their season. The Lynx may have outrebounded the Storm, but 19 turnovers reduced their field goal attempts. Napheesa Collier put up 22 points, while the team shot a mere 38.2%.

Ultimately, the better team won and earned their spot in the finals. Regardless of their opponent, many would favour the Storm in either scenario despite not being the top seed. It’s hard to bet against a team with both elite talent and reliable depth players.

The Storm will play against the winner of Game 5 between the Las Vegas Aces and Connecticut Sun on Sept. 29. Finishing their series early now gives Seattle time to rest and prepare, as the 2020 WNBA Finals will begin on Oct. 2.

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