In their 21st season as a franchise, the Washington Mystics have advanced to their first-ever WNBA Finals, defeating the Atlanta Dream, 86-81.
The best-of-five series ended in Atlanta Tuesday night, thanks to a combined 70 points from Tianna Hawkins, Kristi Toliver, Ariel Atkins and Elena Delle Donne.
Delle Donne, who missed Game 3 due to a knee injury, found a way to notch yet another playoff double-double in Game 5 with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Mystics' depth ultimately proved to be too much as they received bench production from an unexpected source in their rookie Atkins. The 22-year-old scored a game-high 20 points while pulling down seven rebounds.
Washington will face the Seattle Storm Friday at KeyArena in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.
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Rui Hachimura dunked all over Argentina Thursday in an international friendly ahead of the 2020 FIBA World Cup.
The Wizards' first-round pick is representing Japan in the FIBA World Cup that starts later this month. In a tune-up game for that tournament, Japan played Argentina in a friendly and, well, Hachimura had a day. He had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but one of the highlights of the day was this steal and breakaway dunk from the rookie.
The other highlight? Another Hachimura dunk.
Argentina went on to beat Japan, 108-93, but Hachimura's performance was promising. The FIBA World Cup starts on August 31. Hachimura hopes to, and likely will, represent Japan at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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Excited for the upcoming NBA season? A new beverage is making its way to Capital One Arena.
The Washington Wizards have announced they will be partnering with the award-winning brewer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company for the upcoming NBA season.
Fans will now be able to purchase the Full Court Press Hard Cherry Lemonade exclusively at Wizards home games, located on the 400 level near section 429/430. The new Wizards-branded cherry hard lemonade will be available on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
The Full Court Press will feature the Devils Backbone and Wizards logos, in addition to the team’s colors. The design will also include hash marks, a half-court circle to replicate a basketball court, and three stars to honor the District of Columbia. In an effort to generate excitement among Wizards fans, the lemonade's tagline is “Rep The District.”
Devils Backbone Brewing Company has quite a reputation around the district. In the past, the brewery partnered with the Washington Redskins to create the #ATTR Ale at FedEx Field and this September it will launch the Capi-tale India Pale Ale with the Capitals.