Final

Sky 70

(14-20, 4-13 away)

Storm 81

(21-13, 15-2 home)

    9:00 PM ET, September 11, 2011

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

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    CHI 12 21 14 2370
    SEA 24 17 16 2481

    Top Performers

    Chicago: S. Fowles 30 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Seattle: C. Little 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Sky-Storm Preview

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    After clinching home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs Friday, the Seattle Storm will likely have one goal in mind for their regular-season finale.

    Don't get hurt.

    The Storm know they'll begin the postseason at home Thursday night, leaving little but their health to worry about Sunday against the visiting Chicago Sky.

    With six wins in seven games prior to Friday night's visit from Phoenix, Seattle (20-13) seems to be peaking at the right time.

    There was plenty on the line against the Mercury, whom the Storm knew they'd be facing in the first round. But a win would allow Seattle to clinch the home-court edge for that series, and it did just that. Reserve Katie Smith scored a season-high 26 points and the Storm cruised to an 85-70 victory, which guaranteed Phoenix will be right back at KeyArena on Thursday.

    "Our record shows that being at home is big for us," Smith said of the Storm's 14-2 mark in Seattle. "We didn't want to go to their place. It was pretty much a playoff game and this is going to be the atmosphere when we see them again."

    Scenarios exist where the finale against Chicago (14-19) could give the Storm home-court advantage in potential finals matchups against Indiana or Connecticut, but they haven't decided whether they plan on playing their starters Sunday.

    With Lauren Jackson still finding her footing after missing nine weeks following hip surgery, coach Brian Agler seems to be leaning toward taking it easy.

    "We talked with our team about it and if we feel like getting to 21 (wins) will help us down the road then my vote would be to try to play," Agler said. "I don't know what we'll do with Lauren. We want her ready for the playoffs. We want to put ourselves in the best position. That's my philosophy."

    One minor motivation factor may be getting a bit of revenge on the Sky. Chicago beat the Storm 78-69 on July 19 behind 24 points from Sylvia Fowles and 23 from Epiphanny Prince.

    Sue Bird had 26 to lead Seattle.

    The Sky, however, know Sunday's game will be their last. Chicago was eliminated from the playoff race last Sunday, and it's lost a season-high four straight after falling 74-67 on Saturday in Los Angeles.

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