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Seattle Storm beat Mystics 85-78 to spoil Delle Donne’s return

Aug 22, 2021, 2:23 PM | Updated: Sep 13, 2021, 9:33 pm
EVERETT, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Breanna Stewart #30 of the Seattle Storm high fives teammates d...
EVERETT, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Breanna Stewart #30 of the Seattle Storm high fives teammates during the third quarter against the Washington Mystics at Angel of the Winds Arena on September 07, 2021 in Everett, Washington. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks and the Seattle Storm used a late run to beat the Washington Mystics 85-78 on Sunday, spoiling two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne’s return.

Seattle Storm 85, Washington Mystics 78: Box score

Sue Bird and Stephanie Talbot each hit a 3-pointer during a 12-2 run that gave Seattle (18-7) an 85-76 lead with 1:18 to play.

Delle Donne, who made her first appearance in nearly two years, scored 16 points for the Mystics (8-14). She helped Washington win Game 5 of the 2019 WNBA Finals on October 10, 2019, securing the first title franchise history despite playing with three herniated disks in her back. The 2015 WNBA scoring champion had two back surgeries and missed 22 months with a career-threatening injury.

Ezi Magbegor and Mercedes Russell added 14 points apiece for the Storm.

Tina Charles led Washington with 20 points and Myisha Hines-Allen added nine points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

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