Seattle's hopes of another title was drowned by the Mercury in OT 85-80
Seattle, WA- The Storm fought hard, but lost in a thriller against the Phoenix Mercury.
All of the chips were on the line between the Storm and the Mercury, with the winner extending their season, while the loser goes back home to the chalkboard. Sue Bird and crew would be without their star Breanna Stewart, so they would have to find a way to stop Brittney Griner.
The Storm started out the game a little bit sluggish, but picked it up late in the first quarter on a 8-0 run to cut the Mercury's lead to three at one point. Seattle tried to double teamed Griner and it worked for a bit, but other players for the Mercury were hitting their shots or getting easy layups. Seattle went on a 13-0 run late in the second and took their first lead of the day with .50 seconds left in the half. They walked into the locker room filled with confidence and the lead 35-32.
Jewell Loyd started to come alive in the second half. She got herself going with getting into the teeth of Phoenix's defense and was hitting her shots. After being up six, the Storm allowed Skyler Diggins Smith to get hot. Both teams were not missing their shots and at the end of the quarter, the Storm were clinging onto a one-point lead.
Seattle struggled to buy a bucket late in the fourth and looked to be in trouble of being eliminated until Bird hit a clutch three to tie the game up. Seattle had a chance to win the game, but Loyd missed a lay-up with 12.5 seconds. The Storm's defense came up big, blocking Diggins Smith' shot at the end of the game to go into OT.
Seattle did all they could do, but Phoenix bigs were just too much for them. The Storm's season ended in a thrilling game.