Seattle Storm

Sparks continue to struggle, losing by 18 to Storm

Sparks continue to struggle, losing by 18 to Storm

Breanna Stewart had 20 points and eight rebounds to help the Seattle Storm secure a playoff spot with a 78-60 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday night. 

The Storm led 49-27 at halftime behind double-digit scoring by Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. Eighth-ranked Seattle started the second half on a 7-2 run, capped by Stewart's 3-pointer, to extend its lead to 27 points and the Storm cruised to their first playoff berth since 2013. 

Los Angeles, which already had a double-bye in the playoffs, rested starters Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver. 

Crystal Langhorne added 15 points and 10 rebounds as all five starters scored in double figures for...

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