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Seattle Storm rally behind Bird, Cash

Sue Bird scored 21 points, Swin Cash had 17 and the defending champion Seattle Storm rallied for an 82-77 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday night at Tulsa, Okla.

Camille Little added 11 points and Le’coe Willingham had 10 for the Storm (3-2), who outscored the Shock 30-13 in the third quarter after trailing by six at halftime. Bird and Cash combined for 20 points after the break.

Three-time MVP Lauren Jackson finished with four points. She suffered an apparent hip injury in the first half and did not return after halftime.

Tiffany Jackson had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tulsa (1-6). Kayla Pederson scored 15 points, Liz Cambage had 13 points and six rebounds, and Ivory Latta added 11 points. Jackson finished 12 for 12 from the line

Cambage scored nine points off the bench to help Tulsa build a 15-point lead in the first half before the Storm pulled to 37-31 at the break.

Seattle scored eight consecutive points early in the third quarter to take the lead. Cash’s layup put the Storm ahead 40-39 with 7:50 to go in the period, Willingham capped the spurt with a basket about 28 seconds later and they didn’t trail again.

Ashley Robinson’s jumper in the opening minute of the fourth extended Seattle’s lead to 63-50.

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