CHARLOTTE, N. C., June 12 (Ticker) -- Janell Burse's layup at the buzzer lifted the Seattle Storm to a 62-60 victory over the Charlotte Sting.

The win was the sixth in the last eight games for the Storm (6-3), who played their third consecutive contest without point guard Sue Bird. Bird broke two bones in her face when she was hit unintentionally by teammate Lauren Jackson on Tuesday.

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After trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half, Seattle took a 60-58 lead with 26 seconds left on a free throw by Tanisha Wright. After a timeout by Charlotte (1-7), former Storm player Sheri Sam tied the score on a running layup with nine seconds remaining.

Coming out of a timeout of their own, the Storm got a quality look on their final possession when Wright drove into the lane after taking the inbounds pass and flipped the ball to Burse, who took two steps inside the free throw line and sank her runner.

Burse scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half and Jackson chipped in 17 and 14 rebounds for Seattle, which outscored Charlotte in the paint, 44-18.

Sam scored 14 points and Tangela Smith added 12 for the Sting, who shot just 31 percent (19-of-61) and lost their fourth straight.