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Storm late comeback was not enough as the Aces defeated them in OT 110-98

Seattle- The Storm's offense erupts in the second half but missed free throws and bad defense cost them the game.

After losing Game 2 in Vegas, the Storm had the opportunity to put pressure back on Las Vegas, if they could scrap out a victory. The pressure was on the Storm, and they knew it. This time around, Seattle threw bodies at Aja Wilson and Kelsey Plum, making it harder for them to get into rhythm in the first half. Despite getting six steals in the first quarter, Seattle struggled to hit their shots and was shooting at a 30% clip until Sue Bird and Ezi Magbegor combined for eight points to get Seattle back in the game. The second quarter, Seattle was getting killed on the boards, as well as second chance opportunities. At one point in the half, the Aces looked like they were going to run Seattle back to the Space Needle, but Seattle climb back into the game with a 12-4 run to cut the Aces' lead to eight, 48-40.

For the first time since the first quarter, the Storm cut the Aces' lead to two at the five-minute mark in the third quarter. It looked like the momentum, as well as the crowd was back in Seattle's favor and all they had to do was keep putting pressure on Las Vegas. Seattle took their first lead of the day with a Tina Charles three-pointer at the four-minute mark in the quarter. The flow and the pace of the game picked up with both teams' exchange blows to each other. At the end of the third, the Storm was down 68-64.

The last three minutes of regulation was extremely nerve wracking. Each time Seattle will tie the game up, Las Vegas would answer right back with a score themselves. Up by one with 8.9 seconds left in the game, Charles was fouled. Charles missed both free throws. Las Vegas had a chance to win the game with a two or three. Wilson hit a potential game lay-up with 2.7 seconds left. Bird hit a three pointer to potentially win the game, but Jackie Young stole the show with a lay-up at the end of the regulation, to push the game into overtime.

Sloppy play in the last four minutes put Seattle in a hole. From being down by one to being down by eight was an eye opener. Seattle rushed their shots and did not make their free throws. A game in which they had won, was disappointing because the Aces went on a 12-4 run to close it out..

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