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Storm triumph behind Bird’s season-best 29 points

Sun., July 31, 2011

TULSA, Okla. – Sue Bird rebounded from a miserable night with her best one of the season.

Bird scored a season-high 29 points and the Seattle Storm (10-8) handed the Tulsa Shock (1-17) their 12th straight loss with an 89-72 victory Saturday night.

One night after being held to four points on 1-of-6 shooting in a loss at Minnesota, Bird was 8 of 14 from the field and 10 of 10 at the free-throw line.

“For me to be able to help my team I have to be aggressive, and if that means when I’m open to take the shots, that’s what I have to do,” Bird said. “By being aggressive, getting some shots to fall in the first half, I was able to be aggressive and find my teammates. They did an awesome job of knocking down shots.”

“We did a good job of screening for her and she did a good job of using screens,” Seattle coach Brian Agler said. “People think of Sue as a quarterback point guard, where she distributes the ball to everyone else. She is that, but she’s also more and you saw the more today. She’s the best in the world. The people in Tulsa had a chance to see that firsthand.”

Swin Cash chipped in 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

The Storm shot 50 percent from the field and enjoyed a 34-30 rebounding edge in the game. The Storm were 20 of 24 at the free-throw line.

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