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By MATT BECKER, STATS Writer

The Seattle Storm have not been intimidated by early deficits. In fact, they're flourishing in those situations.

The Storm look to extend their franchise-best start and open with their fourth straight victory when they visit the San Antonio Silver Stars on Saturday.

Despite trailing at halftime in each of its first three games, including twice by double digits, Seattle has rallied to win all three. The Storm have been outscored 121-90 in the first half this season, but have outscored their opponents 138-85 after halftime.

"It shows the poise we have on this team," Seattle guard Sue Bird said.

The Storm went on a 23-1 second-half run in last Saturday's season-opening 67-61 win over Chicago, and used a 30-11 second-half run in Tuesday's 74-62 victory over Sacramento. Seattle had its best comeback in its latest win, however.

After falling behind defending champion Phoenix by 20 in the first half and 15 at the break on Thursday, the Storm outscored the Mercury 50-31 in the second half en route to a 87-83 win.

"That's pretty much how we've played all season," said reigning MVP Lauren Jackson, who scored 21 of her team-high 30 points after the break. "The first three games, we have been down quite a lot of points at halftime and we come back in the second half. For us, it's just a matter of playing four quarters."

The Storm, who are 3-0 for the first time in franchise history, have not won four straight games since Aug. 1-8, 2006. It's been even longer since they've defeated San Antonio (1-1).

Seattle has lost five straight games to the Silver Stars - including all four meetings last season - since a 87-57 home win on June 23, 2006. The Storm have also lost three in a row at San Antonio since a 78-51 victory on Aug. 23, 2005.

Jackson, who averaged league bests of 23.8 points and 9.7 rebounds last season, averaged 20.0 points and 11.0 boards in four games versus the Silver Stars in 2007.

San Antonio is also coming off a victory over the defending champs, as it beat Phoenix 81-76 in Tuesday's home opener.

The Silver Stars outrebounded the Mercury 36-27 after being outrebounded 42-30 in last Saturday's season-opening 73-64 loss to Sacramento.

"You hear coaches say, 'defense and rebounds win championships,' but there's a reason coaches always say that, because there's a lot of truth to it," said San Antonio's Erin Buescher, who finished with 13 points on Tuesday.

Sophia Young had 25 points and seven rebounds against Phoenix after finishing with 22 points and four boards in the season opener.

While Young has gotten off to a fast start to the season, Becky Hammon is struggling.

Through two games, Hammon has 25 points on just 6-of-27 shooting (22.2 percent) and six assists. Last season, she was fifth in the league in scoring at 18.8 points and averaged a league-high 5.0 assists.

Hammon averaged 21.3 points and 5.7 assists in three games versus the Storm last season, while Young averaged 11.3 points in the four meetings.

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