SEATTLE (AP) -- The Phoenix Mercury had trouble containing Sue Bird on Sunday.
Bird scored 26 first-half points on her way to 31 for the game during Seattle's 83-68 win over the Mercury.
Bird missed one field goal attempt -- a 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter -- on her bobblehead night. She finished 10 for 11 from the field, 6 for 7 from the free throw line.
The 31 points were two shy of her career-high 33 set Aug. 9, 2002, during a win over Portland which pushed the Storm into their first playoff appearance.
"That's about as well as I've seen anybody shoot the ball," Storm coach Brian Agler said.
Bird was fresh because of recent rest. Her right hip, which was surgically repaired last fall, was bothering her again.
She sat out Saturday night's loss in Los Angeles to the Sparks, and said she felt much better Sunday.
With two games remaining before the Olympic break, managing her hip will be crucial.
"Mostly, I would describe it as a nuisance," Bird said. "There was ...