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Sept. 2, 2010
The Storm started off strong, built an early lead and held the Phoenix Mercury off the rest of the way to take a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Lauren Jackson led the Storm with 23 points and 17 rebounds, a franchise playoff record, on the night she was honored as the league's Most Valuable Player.


Lauren Jackson receives the WNBA's Most Valuable Player trophy presented by Kia Motors prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
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The series tips off.
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Swin Cash hits a three-pointer.
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Svetlana Abrosimova drives past Diana Taurasi.
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Lauren Jackson eyes the rim before a shot.
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NBA legend Bill Russell, who spoke to the Storm after a practice last week, was in attendance.
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Sue Bird shoots a jumper.
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Swin Cash is helped up by her teammates after taking a charge.
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Le’coe Willingham puts a spin move on Phoenix’s Kara Braxton.
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Lauren Jackson goes up for two points.
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Svetlana Abrosimova hustles to save a ball.
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Lauren Jackson and Svetlana Abrosimova discuss the game.
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Fans cheer on the Storm. The first 4,000 people through the KeyArena doors received T-shirts commemorating Jackson's MVP award.
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Lauren Jackson gets fouled on her way to the basket.
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Svetlana Abrosimova drives against Phoenix’s Penny Taylor.
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Swin Cash intercepts a pass intended for Candice Dupree.
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Sue Bird shakes hands with Mercury players after the Storm’s victory.
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