Sue Bird's big 4th quarter leads Storm past Mercury 94-84

Heather Diaz
September 8, 2018

She added one last 3-pointer in the final minute as Seattle outscored Phoenix 35-21 in the fourth quarter.

"I don't know that I've had a fourth quarter like this in a big game in my life, to be honest", Bird said after the game.

The oldest player in the WNBA in Bird re-defined aging like fine wine, taking over the game in the fourth quarter and burying trey after trey, going 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-5 from deep to bury the resurgent Phoenix Mercury 94-84.

Bird's performance ignited social media and earned her congratulatory tweets from a host of National Basketball Association stars who clearly appreciate game when they see it.

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Seattle will face the Washington Mystics in the finals.

Taurasi finished with 17 points, but the Mercury were unable to overcome losing the first two games of the series in Seattle. Yvonne Turner matched her career high with 19 points, but was scoreless in the fourth quarter. Brittney Griner led Phoenix with 21 points but had just three in the fourth quarter. They never got closer than seven in the final minute before coach Sandy Brondello pulled Taurasi with 13.5 seconds left, conceding both the game and the win streak in winner-take-all games. This is the second time in her career with the mercury that she led the team in scoring. The difference is Seattle made those looks, we did not.

The Phoenix Mercury will return to the court for the 2019 season in early May.

"She's one of our main leaders so obviously it's a little bit different", Seattle forward Alysha Clark said. "She could probably do that more often, but she's the consummate point guard". "She does a great job of teaching throughout the season and she even said at halftime you guys are prepared for me not being out there". That's routine Sue to me.

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