LeBron James congratulates Seattle Storm on WNBA title

Isaiah Thomas. Courtesy The Player's Tribune

"The team that we played in their own way are champions", he said.

Sue Bird says she will not visit the White House if the Seattle Storm is invited after winning the WNBA championship.

Some of Seattle's other professional sports teams also were cheering on the Storm. Stewart, the MVP, and Loyd carried the scoring for much of the season, combining for almost 40 points per game.

"Stewie was just wonderful", Storm coach Dan Hughes said. "I've seen her as a youngster, and I have seen her with the Storm, and she really is truly wonderful". She truly was the MVP of these Finals. "I think anyone in coaching, we always think there is a little more we can do".

For Bird, a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, this third title feels different.

With Bird, the Storm added 2015 No. 1 draft pick Jewell Loyd and then Stewart a year later. "There is probably no comparison to be honest".

Another Whitcomb three pointer with less than three minutes to play made it a 17-point game and sealed victory.

"I posted on the board for my team in training camp one of the preseason predictions that was out there", Thibault recalled. "And so we're poised to get better".

The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise.

"Way at the beginning, I said at the start, I was exhausted of losing", said Stewart, the Finals and league MVP. "All year you could just see the escalation". Kristi Toliver had 20 points.

"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it". You know, it's been a great season for our organization, for our players, and we had a lot of growth.

After defeating the Atlanta Dream in the previous round of the WNBA playoffs, the Washington Mystics embarked on their first Finals appearance in franchise history.

Stewart had five, tying her season high. A year ago we were brand new.

"And I didn't know if I would be back to the Finals ever again. Now I can go to the bar, order her everything she needs". The 6-4 forward was the only player named to the First Team on all 39 ballots in voting by a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. "We rely on that, and we didn't make them tonight". In turn, they've forced Seattle to turn the ball over a combined 25 times so far and forced 15 turnovers in game two alone. They forgot about their past, which included seven straight playoffs losses on the road and focused entirely on Game 3. Poor perimeter shooting contributed.

Washington shot 43.5 percent from the field (30 of 69) but was 8 of 23 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Despite the misfires, Washington rallied from down 18 points to trailing 72-67 with 6:49 remaining. When asked how it compared to the other two WNBA titles she's won, she said there's "no comparison honestly". "From letting a team back into the game, to end of game how we're handling things".

Breanna Stewart won four NCAA championships at UConn and won four Final Four MVP awards. "So to end it this way, there's nothing better". One of the league's most decorated players also grasps the impact of her latest triumph.

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