Seattle’s Sue Bird shines in 10th WNBA All-Star Game

first_imgThe 36-year-old Bird seemed more interested in involving others than trying to take control of the game. She regularly bypassed her own shots to provide layup chances for Moore, Ogwumike and Candace Parker, and finished with a game-record 11 assists and eight points.The veteran West squad, with 55 total All-Star Game selections on its roster, pulled away after a close first half. Moore made 9 of 17 shots, including five 3-pointers, while Ogwumike made 11 of 15 attempts off the bench.Moore was named the game’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive All-Star Game.The competiveness started to emerge late as the East tried to rally from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, but Bird’s wide open 3-pointer with 4:05 left to push the West’s lead back to 11. She threw her hands in the air after the make, following an underwhelming performance in the 3-point contest.“I’ve got no complaints,” Bird said. “Except the 3-point contest. I can complain about that. I was terrible.”YOUTH MOVEMENTADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The youthful East was led by Jonquel Jones with a game-high 24 points, including a dunk in the final minute. There were eight first-time selections on the East roster, but Jones clearly came away as the most impressive individual performer.“She’s an amazing young talent for this league,” East coach Curt Miller said. “She’s only going to get better.”Layshia Clarendon, Candice Dupree and 3-point contest winner Allie Quigley all had 14 points off the bench for the East.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Froome on brink of fourth Tour de France crown OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I thought it was a great game, a great pace. You don’t want anybody to get hurt, but you also want to play with a certain intensity to show off your athleticism and I thought we were able to do that,” Moore said.Moore scored 23 points and Ogwumike added 22 points as the West outlasted the East 130-121 in the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday. Most of the focus, however, was on Bird, Seattle’s 10-time All-Star playing in front of her home crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’She received the loudest ovations as she was introduced, drowning out those that went to former WNBA Most Valuable Player Diana Taurasi, Seattle teammate Breanna Stewart and others.“I know when she always talks about Seattle, she always gloats and she always gets a smile on her face. So it was nice to see that love back to her and you can tell it’s a mutual love,” Taurasi said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, right, holds up a jersey for Eniyah Washington, 6, after Bird signed the youngster to a WNBA All-Star basketball “contract” for the Western Conference team, through the Austen Everett Foundation, Friday, July 21, 2017, in Seattle. Eniyah, also known as Niyah, is herself a basketball player who was diagnosed last year with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia and is being treated with an intensive chemotherapy process. Bird will represent the Western Conference in Saturday’s WNBA All-Star game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE — Maya Moore provided the example, reigning league WNBA Most Valuable Player Nneka Ogwumike gladly followed along, and Sue Bird received the attention and recognition she deserved.Those veterans on the West roster knew exactly how to turn the WNBA All-Star Game into a showcase.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img

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