Loyd has big finish, Storm beat Mystics 86-83 in Game 1

Sue Bird became the fourth player in WNBA history with 100 career 3-point playoffs

SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Jewell Loyd had 12 of her 16 points in the last five minutes and fourth-place Seattle Storm beat fifth-place Washington Mystics 86-83 Thursday night.

Loyd didn’t score her first field goal until the 4:52 mark of the fourth quarter, but she made it big in the closing minutes.

Loyd missed a long 3-pointer with 51 seconds left, but Tina Charles grabbed the offensive rebound and led to Loyd’s runner in the lane, giving Seattle an 82-81 lead. Washington turned it around and Loyd was fouled with 24.2 seconds left before taking two free throws.

Elena Delle Donne was long on a 3-point try for Washington, and Stewart sealed it with two 14.6 free throws left.

“The fact that Jewell just stuck with it just goes to show that she’s a vet,” Stewart said. “We’re not rookies anymore, we’ve been here for a while. We know what to do and just stick with the gameplay.”

Gabby Williams added 12 points for Seattle, which will host Game 2 on Sunday. Sue Bird scored 10 points to become the fourth player in WNBA history with 100 career 3 points in the playoffs.

Delle Donne made 11 of 17 shots and scored 26 points for Washington in their first playoff game since the 2019 WNBA Finals. Natasha Cloud and Ariel Atkins each added 16 points.

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