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Stewart, Bird help Storm advance to WNBA Finals

Seattle Storm beat Minnesota Lynx 92-71 to advance to the WNBA Finals.
Credit: AP
The Seattle Storm celebrate after the team defeated the Minnesota Lynx during Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The Storm move onto the WNBA finals. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

SEATTLE — Breanna Stewart scored a career playoff-high 31 points — tying Seattle’s franchise playoff record — and Sue Bird had 16 points and nine assists, and the Storm beat Minnesota 92-71 to sweep the Lynx and advance to the WNBA Finals. 

Stewart added six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. 

Bird and Stewart combined to score or assists on 13 points during a 17-0 run that gave Seattle the lead for good at 24-8 with 54.2 seconds left in the first quarter. 

Napheesa Collier led Minnesota with 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.

This is the Storm's fourth trip to the WNBA Finals. They've won the previous three trips.