Sue Bird, 41, becomes oldest player in WNBA history to record a playoff double-double in Game 2

SEATTLE — In her final postseason, Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird, at 41, became the oldest player in WNBA history to record a playoff double-double with 18 points and Mystic scored 10 assists.

Bird previously held the record for oldest WNBA player with a postseason double-double after doing so at age 39 during Storm’s 2020 WNBA Finals win over the Las Vegas Aces. According to stathead.com, only three NBA players in their 40s have had a playoff double-double, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the only player older than Bird), Karl Malone and John Stockton.

After providing just two assists in Thursday’s narrow 86-83 Game 1 win when she frequently played off the ball, Bird had one in Sunday’s first quarter while scoring nine points – her most in an opening period this season. Bird’s playmaking took center stage for the rest of the game as she shared seven assists combined in the second and third halves to lead Seattle to victory.

Bird’s 10th assist came after a drop-off to Tina Charles in the suit with 2:17 remaining, taking Seattle’s lead to 11 points. Washington would never seriously threaten the rest of the game.

The victory saw the Storm advance to the semifinals for the third time since 2018. The last two trips resulted in championships in 2018 and 2020. In fact, Seattle is undefeated in the semifinals and WNBA finals during Bird’s career and has won all the titles four times the team has advanced so far.

The Storm meets the Las Vegas Aces, who completed a sweep over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, in a repeat of the 2020 Finals sweep in Seattle.

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Emma Bowman

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