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Seattle draws first blood

Seattle draws first blood

Lauren Jackson netted 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for a double-double Thursday as the Seattle Storm defeated the Phoenix Mercury 82-74 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

Seattle covered the 7-point spread, while the 156 points went UNDER the posted over/under of 176 set by oddsmakers.

Svetlana Abrosimova added 16 points in the win for Seattle. Penny Taylor had 16 points with four boards and six assists for Phoenix.