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CT CityHall2.JPG (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / February 7, 2012)

Sue Bird scored 19 points, including a 3-point play with 1:07 left, to lead the Seattle Storm to an 80-73 win over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night at KeyArena in Seattle.

Neither team led by more than the final margin and the lead changed hands no less than 14 times as Bird sent the Sky home with a loss in the finale of its five-game cross-country road trip.

Bird ripped the ball from forward Jessica Breland with the Sky (8-10) trailing by three points with 16.4 seconds left. Forced to play a fouling game, the Sky sent forward Alysha Clark and guard Tanisha Wright to the line, but each sank two free throws in the final 9.4 seconds to end the Sky's trip at 2-3.

Forward Crystal Langhorne also scored 19 points for Seattle (8-12), while forward Camille Little added 18.

Breland enjoyed a good game except for the last turnover, scoring a game-high 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Center Sylvia Fowles came off the bench to tally 19 points and 11 rebounds, while guard Epiphanny Prince added 16 points.

The Sky lost despite clobbering the Storm on the boards 46-29 and committing just 11 turnovers. Seattlesank 50.9 percent of its field goals and made just six turnovers.

The teams raced through a fast-paced, high-scoring first half, forging a 45-45 tie at intermission. Prince capped a 13-point half by nailing a 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining.

The scoring pace finally slowed about halfway through the third quarter, but the teams again ended in a tie at 60, thanks to two free throws by Little.

The Sky are back home Wednesday to host Washington in an 11:30 a.m. tipoff.