The most encouraging thing about the Seattle Storm's 82-77 win tonight is that they showed flashes of the type of chemistry and fluidity that we've become accustomed to from them during the third quarter against the Tulsa Shock.
The Storm used a 30-13 third quarter to erase a six-point halftime deficit and hold on for their first road win of the season, with Lauren Jackson's status still in doubt after suffering a left hip injury in the first half.
While defense helped them grab the momentum in the third quarter, with under a minute left and only up by three with three seconds left on the ball it was Tanisha Wright's aggression on offense that ultimately sealed the game. Wright got the ball on the left wing off of a sideline inbounds pass from Sue Bird and drove hard to the basket with little resistance from the Shock's defense to make a contested layup and put the Storm up by five points.
Sue Bird led the Storm with a game-high 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting as well as a game-high six assists and Swin Cash was a rebound away from a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds and 17 points. Forward Tiffany Jackson led the Shock with 20 points and 10 rebounds.