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Bird scores 17 points as Storm end 5-game skid and Tulsa Shock's 8-game streak, 74-69

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SEATTLE — Sue Bird scored 17 points and rookies and combined for 25, including seven in the last three minutes as the Seattle Storm ended a five-game losing streak with a 74-69 win over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday night.

added 15 points for the Storm (3-7), who had lost their previous three games by a total of nine points, including a 93-89 loss at Tulsa on Sunday.

had 23 points for the Shock (8-2), who entered the game with an eight-game winning streak, which matched the franchise record from 2003 when the team was in Detroit.

The Shock were without All-Star and leading scorer , who sprained a knee in the win Sunday and is expected to miss all four games on the team's current road trip. They were already without .

Rookie stepped in and scored a career-high 13 with five assists.

Tulsa scored the first 12 points of the game and led 24-18 after one quarter. Seattle tied the game, but the Shock scored the final eight points of the half to build a 40-32 advantage.

Seattle controlled the third quarter with 12 field goals — after making 11 in the first half — on 18 shots and led 56-53. Bird, who sat out the last meeting to rest, gave the Storm their first lead at the 4:24 mark.

Loyd converted a 3-point play for a 69-65 lead with 2:56 to play. After made two free throws for Tulsa, Tokashiki hit a 16-footer jumper from the right baseline at 1:05. Christmas answered against but after a Bird miss and rebound, Loyd sank two free throws with 14 seconds remaining for a four-point lead. Kiesel limped to the bench after committing the foul. Langhorne then added a late free throw.

Former Seattle Sonics coach was courtside to help honor official scorer Bill Olden, who is retiring after 48 years working Key Arena stats.

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