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Storm overpower Mystics to take 1-0 lead in WNBA Finals

The Seattle Storm cruised to an 89-76 win over the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals Friday night at KeyArena. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm cruised to an 89-76 win over the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals Friday night at KeyArena.

The Storm hosted their first Finals game in eight years, and looked extremely comfortable in front of their home crowd

“Just to see the outcome of the fans every time we play at home – we’re trying to bring it back home for them,” said Breanna Stewart after the game.

The Storm take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-5-game Finals series.

Jewell Loyd led the Storm with 23 points, including 10-straight at one point in the second quarter.

“Sue called me a play and got me going, and then after that one, I just tried to stay in rhythm. When I’m active, I think that’s where I’m at my best,” said Loyd.

Washington led 7-6 in the 1st quarter. They held that lead for all of 24 seconds, before Seattle surged ahead and never looked back.

The Storm relied on their depth and chemistry, out-assisting the Mystics 23-11.

“For us to come onto the court and to be selfish, is unheard of. That’s not the people we have on this team. We’re willing to make the extra pass, we’re willing to be great cheerleaders, great teammates, of and on the court,” said Loyd.

Game 2 is Sunday in Seattle before the series travels to Washington, D.C.

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