Seattle Storm sweep Aces to claim 2020 WNBA title

Seattle Storm celebrate 2020 WNBA title
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The Seattle Storm won the 2020 WNBA title, sweeping the Las Vegas Aces in three games.

The win marks the Storm’s fourth WNBA title (in their fourth Finals appearance). The franchise is now tied with the Minnesota Lynx and defunct Houston Comets for most titles in league history.

Sue Bird also claimed her fourth title; the 17-season WNBA veteran has played a role in all of the Storm’s championship wins (2004, 2010, 2018, 2020). Bird, 39, also extended her own WNBA record for most years between titles (from 14 to 16 years).

Despite running into foul trouble in the second quarter, Breanna Stewart still managed to lead the Storm with 26 points on the night. Stewart, who won her first WNBA title in 2018, missed the entirety of the 2019 season due to an Achilles injury. With 85 total points over the three-game series, Stewart was unanimously named Finals MVP.

After the game, the Storm’s Jewell Loyd talked about how the emotions of 2020 played into the championship win. “This is for Kobe, Gigi, the Bryant family, and for Breonna Taylor.” Loyd, who wears jersey #24 because of Kobe, said of her late mentor, “He was the first player to believe in me.”