She knocked down three straight jumpers midway through the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers.
To reach the WNBA Finals and finally hand Diana Taurasi's Phoenix Mercury a loss in a deciding game, all the Seattle Storm needed was a huge game from the current MVP and a Taurasi-esque performance from one of her closest friends.
"I don't know that I've had a fourth quarter like this in a big game in my life, to be honest", Bird said after the game.
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Sue Bird, who was playing for a spot in the WNBA Finals with a broken nose (her fifth), came into the fourth quarter with her team down by four and less than seven minutes left in the game.
Bird's performance ignited social media and earned her congratulatory tweets from a host of National Basketball Association stars who clearly appreciate game when they see it. Seattle will face Washington in the finals.
The Mercury had a 21-5 scoring run late in the third and into the fourth to turn a 10-point deficit into a six-point lead. Brittney Griner led Phoenix with 21 points but had just three in the fourth quarter. "They had three people around her every time she caught (the ball)", Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said.
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On Tuesday night, Sue Bird took over the WNBA semifinals. "We had a lot of open looks".
The Mercury became the first team in league history to force a Game 5 after dropping the first two games of a series.
"She's one of our main leaders so obviously it's a little bit different", Seattle forward Alysha Clark said. "She can probably do that more often. She was there offensively", Hughes said. But she's the consummate point guard. "But it was incredible really; just an incredible performance by her".
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"She drove, I just stayed there, got my hands up high", Griner said. That's routine Sue to me.