GAME RECAP: Dream 109, Aces 100

ATLANTA, GA (August 7, 2018)—Las Vegas got a career performance out of Kelsey Plum Tuesday evening as the second-year guard recorded her first career double-double—20 points and a career-high 13 points—but it wasn’t enough as the Atlanta Dream pulled away late for a 109-100 victory.

It was the second loss of the day for the Aces who found out in the afternoon that they would have to forfeit their August 3 game at Washington. Combined with Tuesday’s loss, the Aces are now two-and-a-half games behind idle Dallas in the chase for the eight seed in the WNBA playoffs.

W L Pct GB
Seattle – X 23 7 .767
Atlanta 19 10 .643 3.5
Los Angeles 17 11 .607 5.0
Washington * 17 11 .607 5.0
Connecticut 16 12 .571 6.0
Minnesota 16 13 .552 6.5
Phoenix * 16 13 .552 6.5
Dallas 14 14 .500 8.0
Las Vegas 12 17 .414 10.5
Chicago 10 19 .345 12.5
New York – O 7 21 .250 15.0
Indiana – O 5 24 .172 17.5
X – clinched playoffs O – eliminated from playoffs
* does not include Washington vs. Phoenix game

 

KEY RUNS

The Aces led by three, 88-85, early in the fourth quarter and were still up one, 94-93 with under six minutes to go, but the Dream’s Alex Bentley scored back-to-back buckets to give Atlanta the lead. The Dream closed out the game by scoring eight of the last 10 points.

KEY STATS

Atlanta shot 53.8 percent from the field, while Las Vegas hit 42.9 percent of their shots.

In the fourth quarter, the Dream made 61.1 percent of their shots, and the Aces made 35.3 percent.

The Aces went 22 for 30 from the free throw line while the Dream went 14 for 16.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson (18 points) reached double figures in scoring for the 28th straight time to start her career.

Kayla McBride (19 points) scored in double figures for the 24th time this season, including the 23rd straight.

Kelsey Plum (20 points) scored in double figures for the 10th time this season. She also scored 20 or more points for the second straight game, and added a career-high 13 assists for her first career double-double.

Dearica Hamby (13 points) scored in double figures for the 10th time this season.

Kayla McBride’s consecutive made free throw streak came to an end at 42 when she missed the front end of a twofer with 1:42 gone in the second quarter.

Las Vegas gave up 100 or more points for the third straight game.

The 109 points scored by the Dream was the most in Atlanta’s history, and tied for the most points allowed by the Aces in their 22-year history.