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Bird loses cool, Seattle loses Game 1

Updated: October 9, 2004, 5:53 AM ET
By Melanie Jackson | Special to ESPN.com

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The final buzzer wouldn't sound for another couple seconds, but Sue Bird had had enough.

Seattle's point guard had just retrieved a loose ball and positioned herself to put up another desperate shot as Seattle tried to overcome Connecticut's four-point lead in the waning seconds of Friday's Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.

But before Bird released the ball, a Sun defender closed quickly. Bird collapsed to the ground, wide-eyed and expecting a whistle that never came. ...

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