Bird's 3-pointer lifts Storm over New York
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Sue Bird's 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds left, her only points of the game, lifted the Seattle Storm to a 77-75 victory over the New York Liberty today.
Lauren Jackson and Iziane Castro Marques scored 23 points apiece for Seattle (11-12), which ended a three-game losing streak. Janell Burse added 10 points.
Erin Thorn, Loree Moore and Janel McCarville each had 16 points for the Liberty (10-12), who lost their fourth straight. Cathrine Kraayeveld and Ashley Battle scored 10 apiece.
Jackson scored six straight points to push Seattle's lead to 72-63 with 3:17 to go. New York responded with a 12-2 run, taking a 75-74 lead on McCarville's layup with 30.7 seconds left.
After Bird, playing in her second game since having knee surgery on July 6, hit her go-ahead 3, McCarville missed a contested layup under the basket with 2 seconds left, Thorn got the rebound and missed a layup attempt of her own.
Jackson, who shot 9-for-20 from the floor, left the game briefly late in the third quarter with an injured right knee that she hurt diving for a loose ball with about 1:40 left. She returned early in the fourth quarter.
Castro Marques shot 8-for-11, including 5-for-7 on 3s.
Seattle opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run to take a 45-36 lead on Jackson's free throw with 7:23 left. Burse started it with two layups in a 20-second stretch, and Castro Marques had a layup and a 3.
Castro Marques' third 3 of the quarter stretched the Storm's lead to 54-44, its biggest advantage of the game, with 31/2 minutes to go. However, McCarville had a three-point play and Moore and Battle had 3s to pull New York within one heading into the final period.
Jackson, leading the league in scoring (22.8 points) and rebounding (9.6) had 11 points and 10 boards in the first half to help the Storm take a 35-34 lead at the break. Seattle shot 52 percent from the field (13-for-25) in the half and limited New York to 33 percent (12-for-36).
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