Storm Push Series to a Third and Deciding Game in Minnesota
The Seattle Storm used late three pointers in both the fourth quarter by Lauren Jackson and the first overtime by Tanisha Wright to send game two into double overtime where the Storm were able to put away Minnesota for a 86-79 victory.
Sue Bird led the way with a team-high 22 points including six points in the second overtime to put the game away for Seattle.
Bird also assisted on both game tying three pointers late in the fourth quarter and the first overtime period.
The Storm had a strong start to the game where it carried the lead for most of the third quarter. However a late 12-0 run by the Lynx put Seattle in a 27-18 hole to end the first quarter.
The Storm countered in the second quarter with a 15-3 run that saw the Lynx lead shrink from 31-18 down to 34-33 late in the second quarter.
The Lynx managed to keep Jackson scoreless until late in the third quarter when she finally managed to get on the score sheet with a two point basket late in the third quarter.
However throughout the entire game Jackson was a big part of the Storm’s defensive success over the Lynx’s WNBA leading offense. Jackson also had a team-high 14 rebounds.
She ended the game with nine points.
The Lynx came out strong in the third quarter extending its lead to as many as 10 however the Storm were able to stay with them to keep the game within reach heading into the fourth quarter.
A strong push in the fourth quarter had the Storm within striking distance. In fact a Sue Bird three pointer with 3:11 the play momentarily gave the team the lead.
However with 11 seconds remaining the Storm found itself in a must foul situation where Minnesota needed only two free-throws to put the Storm away.
Taj McWilliams-Franklin made 1-2 from the line giving the Storm new life. With no timeouts the team pushed the ball up the floor setting Jackson up for a last second three-pointer and just as she’s done countless times in her WNBA career she made the shot when it counted to send the game to overtime.
The Storm needed another heroic effort in the first overtime when it found itself once again trailing by three points late in the quarter.
Wright stepped up to be that hero with 23 seconds remaining hitting a three pointer which ultimately sent the game into yet another overtime period after Minnesota failed to score on its next offensive possession.
Tina Thompson, who came in for Jackson after she fouled out late in the first overtime, got the period started for the Storm with a quick three-pointer.
Bird checked in with two more three pointers and the defense took care of the rest for the Storm allowing only four points during the second overtime.
The Storm went on to win game two 86-79 forcing a third and deciding game in Minnesota on Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with the winner moving on the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Sparks.