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Storm sweeps Mystics in WNBA playoffs, advances to face Aces

August 21, 2022 GMT
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird reacts after attempting a basket against the Washington Mystics during the second half of a WNBA basketball playoff game, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird reacts after attempting a basket against the Washington Mystics during the second half of a WNBA basketball playoff game, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird reacts after attempting a basket against the Washington Mystics during the second half of a WNBA basketball playoff game, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird reacts after attempting a basket against the Washington Mystics during the second half of a WNBA basketball playoff game, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird reacts after attempting a basket against the Washington Mystics during the second half of a WNBA basketball playoff game, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Sue Bird added season highs of 18 points and 10 assists and the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 97-84 on Sunday to sweep the first-round series.

Fourth-seeded Seattle will face top-seeded Las Vegas in the second round. The best-of-five series begins next Sunday in Las Vegas.

Jewell Loyd was 5 of 10 from 3-point range and finished with 19 points for the Storm. Gabby Williams, who suffered a concussion in the third quarter and did not return, scored 14 points.

Natasha Cloud made 5 of 8 from 3-point range and finished with 21 points for Washington.

WINGS 89, SUN 79

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Kayla Thornton scored 20 points, Teaira McCowan had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Dallas beat Connecticut to force a deciding third game on Wednesday night in Texas.

Allisha Gray had 15 points, eight assists and three steals for the sixth-sededed Wings. Marina Mabrey added 14 points.

Jonquel Jones had 20 points and nine rebounds for third-seeded Connecticut, and Brionna Jones also scored 20 points.