Storm beat Mystics 75-73, lead series 2-0

SEATTLE (AP) — A lot of Breanna Stewart in the closing minutes and one big defensive stop in the final seconds has the Seattle Storm on the cusp of a third WNBA title.

Stewart scored nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, Sue Bird came up with a key defensive play in the final 10 seconds, and the Storm held off the Washington Mystics 75-73 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals.

Seattle will head to Washington for Game 3 on Wednesday night needing only a split back east to claim the third title in franchise history. Since the WNBA went to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no team has lost the first two games and fought back to force a Game 5.

∫ TIP INS: Seattle has won seven straight Finals games dating to 2004. They have never lost a Finals game at home. … Bird moved into second place on the all-time playoff assists list.

∫ UP NEXT: Game 3 is Wednesday night in Washington.