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Storm dump Fever for record-tying 14th straight road win

Field Level Media
18 Jun 2021, 11:19 GMT+10

Breanna Stewart scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and the Seattle Storm posted a 79-69 victory over the Indiana Fever on Thursday night in Indianapolis to match the longest road winning streak in league history, 14 games.

The streak dates back to last season, and includes playoff games. The mark was set originally by the Los Angeles Sparks between July 2002 and June 2003. The Storm (12-2) have won all seven of their road games this year after capping a 5-0 road trip Thursday.

It was Seattle's second consecutive win over the Fever (1-13), who have dropped nine games in a row.

Jewell Loyd added 15 points for the Storm. Sue Bird contributed 13 points and seven assists, and Katie Lou Samuelson finished with 10 points.

Teaira McCowan scored 13 for the Fever, who turned in one of their best efforts of the season despite the loss.

The Fever also got 12 points apiece from Tiffany Mitchell and Kelsey Mitchell and 10 points each from Jantel Lavender and Jessica Breland. Lavender made consecutive layups to trim Seattle's lead to 69-66 with 6:31 to go.

Seattle shifted the momentum late in the third quarter. With the score 55-55 after two free throws by Kelsey Mitchell, the Storm got a 10-0 run going on a hard drive to the basket by Jordin Canada, who completed a three-point play.

The lead reached double digits for the first time all night with 1:30 to go in the quarter after Stewart hit two free throws for a 65-55 Seattle lead. Indiana trailed 65-60 heading into the fourth after Kelsey Mitchell made three free throws with 38.5 seconds remaining.

The Storm hit 43.1 percent of their field-goal attempts and 6 of 20 (30 percent) from 3-point range. The Fever made 41.9 percent from the floor but just 2 of 14 (14.3 percent) from long distance. Seattle also enjoyed a 40-32 rebounding advantage.

--Field Level Media

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