HIGHLIGHTS: Seattle Storm Win 2018 WNBA Championship

HIGHLIGHTS: Seattle Storm Win 2018 WNBA Championship

HIGHLIGHTS: Seattle Storm Win 2018 WNBA Championship

The Storm's championship sparked an outpouring of civic pride from the likes of Seattle natives Isaiah Thomas and Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics legend, who ended his Tweet with a joyful proclamation: #WeRepS3attle.

In Game 1, Washington had no shot as Seattle asserted their dominance.

With a veteran point guard in Bird and the MVP in Stewart, there was no panic from the Storm.

Then he watched them turn into the best team in the league during the season, and validate that status in the postseason. The Storm were victorious 98-82 in a game that was decided in the second quarter. In hopes of lighting a fire under his team, head coach Mike Thibault verbally assaulted an official before heading to the locker room for intermission, which earned him a technical foul.

The Washington Mystics weren't expected to be this good, this fast.

After trailing 69-53 entering the fourth quarter, the Mystics rallied to within five points at 72-67 on a 3-pointer by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 6:49 remaining.

Alysha Clark added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Sue Bird, a member of all three Seattle championship teams, had 10 points and 10 assists.

This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of CT. "Their time together showed".

She had her entire arsenal on display in the championship-clinching game at shoot-around. "I mean, we're the champs". Case in point: can you imagine planned construction on Capital One Arena during either the National Basketball Association or NHL postseason, forcing the Wizards or Caps to play elsewhere?

"I'm still trying to find the right words, and I'm a guy that can usually find the right words", Hughes said after the game. "I felt more and more uncomfortable as we kept going".

Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart fretted following the regular-season opener after the Seattle Storm lost at home to the Phoenix Mercury. And for Stewart, the second of those No.1 picks, there was one person above all others that she wanted to share the moment with.

"I didn't ask them to do anything for me", Bird said. You know, it's been a great season for our organization, for our players, and we had a lot of growth. But we can't take our foot off the pedal. We have a relatively young team.

Inheriting a team that had finished 15-19 and 16-18 the previous two years, but dripping with talent, he instilled a defensive mindset and placed his trust in the players. "And so we're poised to get better".

Rounding out the first team were Dallas center Liz Cambage and Mystics' forward Elena Delle Donne.

"We thought, 'Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?'" Bird reminisced. We don't feel like we've peaked and this was it for us. "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into".

"A successful one", Toliver said of the season. "All year you could just see the escalation". First-year coach Dan Hughes notched the biggest turnaround in franchise history, and the Storm set single-season records for points (2,966) and assists (721), as well as a WNBA record for three's made (307). "And so we will". They also claimed the title in 2004 and 2010. And after two years of losing, she was ready to win her first title and make sure that it isn't her last. "Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs". "Those are huge. Those are huge because not only is she going to score, she's going to distribute well".

KT: "Quit telling the secrets". "I need to wash things really often". Wrigley writes her messages on Instagram all the time. We all know that.

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