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WNBA: Breanna Stewart leads Storm to win over Sparks

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Breanna Stewart produced 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Seattle Storm to a 71-62 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday night in Everett, Wash.

Stewart, who also had three steals, made 8 of 15 shots from the floor and was 2 of 5 from 3-point range. She made 9 of 10 free throws.

Jewell Loyd added 18 points for the Storm (15-4), who won their third straight game. Loyd, who had missed Los Angeles’ previous game due to a sprained left ankle, made 5 of 13 shots. She also had six rebounds, three turnovers and two assists.

Erica Wheeler led the Sparks (6-12) with 22 points. It wasn’t enough as the Sparks lost their fifth straight game.

Wheeler made 8 of 13 shots from the floor.

No other Sparks player scored in double figures.

Seattle led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter, but the Sparks cut their deficit to one with 2:04 left in the fourth on a jumper by Arella Guirantes.

But Stewart scored five points — two field goals and one free throw — in the next 36 seconds to stretch Seattle’s lead to 66-60 with 1:28 left in the game.

Then, after a bucket from Los Angeles’ Brittney Sykes, Stewart made a three-pointer with 62 seconds left, putting the game away.

Seattle led 23-9 after a dominant first quarter. Seattle held Los Angeles to 26.7-percent shooting, including 1-for-6 on three-pointers. Seattle also forced six turnovers.

The Storm stretched their lead to 17 points in the second quarter, but the Sparks rallied to cut their deficit to 38-29 at halftime.

At the half, Stewart had 11 points and Loyd added 10 as Seattle shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 13-for-13 from the foul line. Los Angeles was held to 32.3-percent shooting.

Seattle increased its lead to 53-43 after three quarters. That set the stage for Los Angeles’ fourth-quarter rally that fell short.

Both teams shot less than 40 percent from the floor for the game on field goals and 25 percent or worse on three-pointers.

–Field Level Media

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