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

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

Breanna Stewart scored nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle 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.

Stewart went nearly 18 minutes of game time without scoring, but was responsible for six of Seattle's final seven points as the Storm held off Washington's late rally. Seattle led 70-65 after Stewart's hook in the lane with 4:25 left, and was the Storm's last field goal. Washington's Kristi Toliver made two difficult jumpers in the final 90 seconds to keep Washington within one, but the Mystics were unable to get a shot up on their next possession trailing 74-73, when Toliver lost the ball going baseline and a mad scramble led to a jump ball Seattle won.

The ensuing jump ball between Natasha Howard and Tianna Hawkins ended up in the hands of Jewell Loyd. Seattle was able to run seven seconds off the clock before Alysha Clark was fouled and her free throw gave Seattle a two-point lead. Washington was out of timeouts and couldn't advance the ball into the front court. Atkins' desperation half-court shot at the buzzer was well off.

Elena Delle Donne led the Mystics with 17 points but was scoreless in the fourth quarter, taking just one shot.

Toliver and Ariel Atkins both added 15 points for Washington. But the Mystics missed all 16 3-point attempts.

Loyd finished with 13 points.

Stewart went nearly 18 minutes of game time without scoring. She split free throws with 3:21 left in the first quarter then didn't score again until a pair of free throws with 5:36 left in the third quarter. She went even longer without a made basket, finally snapping a 22-minute stretch without a field goal hitting a 17-footer with 1:49 left in the quarter.

Despite Stewart finally getting back on the score sheet, Delle Donne and the Mystics continued to have answers. Her three-point play late in the third pushed Washington's lead to five and the Mystics took a 61-58 lead to the fourth. That was the final points of the game for Delle Donne, while Stewart was continually fed by her teammates in the fourth.

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Seattle has won seven straight Finals games dating to 2004. They have never lost a Finals game at home. ... It was the first time this season Washington failed to make a 3-pointer. ... Bird had 8 points on 3 of 12 shooting.

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Game 3 is Wednesday night in Washington.

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How to watch Wizards' huge comeback win vs. Knicks, NBA 2K20 sim vs. 76ers

How to watch Wizards' huge comeback win vs. Knicks, NBA 2K20 sim vs. 76ers

Right before the NBA All-Star Break on Valentine's Day 2018, the Wizards took on the Knicks in New York. What looked like a sure loss after the first half of the game turned into the biggest comeback of the NBA's season at the time.

Bradley Beal's 36-points helped lead the Wizards to a 118-113 victory, overcoming a 27-point deficit.

Before that, though, you're going to want to get your fix of the Wizards' 2020 schedule with an NBA 2K20 simulation against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Still, the Wizards, even without Wall, have been on a tear in recent NBA 2K contests. 

Here's how to watch all the action. 

When:

Friday, April 3 at 7 PM ET

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

 

Broadcast schedule:

7:00 PM: NBA2K Simulation: Philadelphia 76ers @ Wizards

8:00 PM: NBA Classics: Wizards @ New York Knicks from February 14, 2018

10:30 PM: NBA 2K20: Philadelphia 76ers @ Wizards 

Starting lineups

The nice part about this is we don't have to wait as long to know the starting lineups. Just don't tell the 2K computer. 

Sixers
PG - Raul Neto
SG - Shake Milton
SF - Tobias Harris
PF - Al Horford
C- Joel Embiid

Wizards
PG - Shabazz Napier
SG - Bradley Beal
SF - Jerome Robinson
PF - Rui Hachimura
C - Thomas Bryant

So if you're like us and desperately miss watching NBA basketball, tune into NBC Sports Washington on Wednesday night to get the closest thing to a live game. We'll get through this hiatus together.

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Report: NBA, players discuss withholding up to 25% of remaining salaries if season is canceled

Report: NBA, players discuss withholding up to 25% of remaining salaries if season is canceled

If the rest of the 2019-20 regular season is canceled, the NBA may be able to keep up to 25 percent of the salaries its players receive after April 1, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

League officials are in discussions with the National Basketball Players Association about a deal that would amend the collective bargaining agreement to give players a greater share of the financial damage inflicted by the coronavirus outbreak that’s put the current season on hold.

Wojnarowski writes that while the NBA has “no plans to announce the cancellation of games in the immediate future,” it’s preparing for all scenarios, including one in which coronavirus isn’t contained in time to salvage the regular season.

The NBA has already been withholding 10 percent of the players’ salaries with the promise of paying out the remaining 90 percent through April 1. In accordance with the CBA’s Force Majeure provision (reserved for catastrophic events), that money has been held by the NBA with a certain percentage slotted to be returned to teams at the end of the year depending on how much revenue is lost.

However, it appears the 10 percent cut has not been sufficient for softening the blow dealt by the season’s suspension. Per Wojnarowski, Commissioner Adam Silver and about 100 top league officials have already agreed to 20 percent pay cut. With team owners handling their own financial ramifications, the league is hoping for its players to help alleviate that burden and prevent the NBA from having to recoup additional percentages from the players after the season.

The purpose of the Force Majeure is to prevent the salary cap and luxury tax from taking a nosedive next season and beyond. By recouping additional salary, teams would be in better standing for spending relatively close to what they’ve done the past few years.

If the two sides don’t come to an agreement, players could owe back portions of their salaries at the end of the season. In an effort to avoid seizing past salaries, the league is asking the NBPA to agree to a deal while working on a plan to help players budget their spending based on reduced incomes.

As much as the NBA would like to resume its regular season in some fashion, the coronavirus pandemic has entirely changed the outlook—both logistically and financially—of professional sports in 2020 for the worst. Everything the league does now is just part of an effort to limit the damage as best it can.

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