WNBA Finals: Elena Delle Donne leads Mystics past Sun in Game 1

WNBA Finals: Elena Delle Donne leads Mystics past Sun in Game 1

WNBA Finals: Elena Delle Donne leads Mystics past Sun in Game 1

It's the first finals win in franchise history for the Mystics, who were swept past year by Seattle in their only other appearance in the championship round.

Atkins nailed a corner three for the first bucket of the Finals, just her third deep ball of the playoffs after she made such an impression as a rookie in the postseason past year.

The Sun (23-11) had a league-best home record, 15-2, in the casino's arena, where there will be watch parties on Sunday as the team tries for its first championship, playing the Mystics in Washington in Game 1 of the finals as well as Game 2 October 1.

The Mystics were in control all game, even as the Sun shaved a 17-point Washington lead down to four late in the fourth quarter.

The Mystics were up nine at the half and extended the lead to 17 in the third quarter before CT rallied within four twice in the final period.

Delle Donne, the league MVP, made 8 of 13 shots from the field and also had five assists. The Mystics' ball movement was just as they want it to be Sunday, and it led to 54 percent shooting from the field and 47.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Delle Donne missed the first game because of knee pain.

Courtney Williams had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists and Alyssa Thomas had 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals for CT.

The Mystics finished the first quarter on an 12-0 run to break open a 13-point lead.

The Mystics were up 55-46 at the half. The Mystics shot 63.6 percent from the field in the first half; the Sun shot 60.6 percent. The Sun fumbled away four straight possessions with a 3-second violation, a wayward pass that got caught in Natasha Cloud's ankles, a traveling call and still another turnover. Washington had Shatori Walker-Kimbrough ('17), Tianna Hawkins ('13) and Toliver ('09) while the Sun had Brionna Jones ('17) and Thomas ('14).

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