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Stewart scores 22, Storm beat shorthanded Sun 89-66

Breanna Stewart had 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists to help the Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 89-66 on Sunday.

Stewart made 4 of 5 from 3-point range for the Storm (10-2), who improved their lead atop the WNBA standings over the second-place Sun (8-3).

Connecticut was without Jonquel Jones, who left for Europe to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at EuroBasket. Jones averaged 21.6 points and 10.4 rebounds over the first 10 games of the season, the only WNBA player currently averaging a double-double.

Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones battles Seattle Storm center Mercedes Russell for the rebound in a WNBA basketball game Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. ElliotThe Day via AP)

Sue Bird made 3 of 4 3-pointers and added 13 points for Seattle, which pulled away with 14-2 run in the second quarter. The Storm led by no less than 14 in the second half.

DeWanna Bonner and Kaila Charles had 14 points each for the Sun. Brionna Jones added 12 points.

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Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird takes the ball on the fast break against the Connecticut Sun in a WNBA basketball game Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. ElliotThe Day via AP)

Connecticut Sun guard Briann January (20) fouls Seattle Storm forward Katie Lou Samuelson in a WNBA basketball game Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. ElliotThe Day via AP)

Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas, right, scores over the defense of Seattle Storm guard Stephanie Talbot during a WNBA basketball game Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. ElliotThe Day via AP)

Seattle Storm center Mercedes Russell, center, is fouled by Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner, back, during a WNBA basketball game Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. ElliotThe Day via AP)

Connecticut Sun guard Briann January (20) takes the ball away from Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) during a WNBA basketball game Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. ElliotThe Day via AP)

Connecticut Sun center Beatrice Mompremier, second from left, battles Seattle Storm center Mercedes Russell (2) and guard Epiphanny Prince (11) for the rebound during a WNBA basketball game Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. ElliotThe Day via AP)

Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner, back, and center Brionna Jones (42) battle Seattle Storm forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and center Mercedes Russell (2) for the rebound during a WNBA basketball game Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. ElliotThe Day via AP)

Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) tries to keep the ball in play after being fouled by Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas during a WNBA basketball game Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. ElliotThe Day via AP)