GAME RECAP: Aces Alone In First Place Following, 93-83, Win Over Washington

LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2021)—Las Vegas (17-6) overcame 12 first half turnovers Tuesday evening to upend the Washington Mystics (8-12) for the second straight game, 93-83. The win moved the Aces a half game in front of Seattle (16-6) and Chicago (16-6) in the race for the number one seed in the WNBA Playoffs.

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KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Las Vegas 23, Washington 21)

A 7-0 Aces run turned an 11-11 tie into an 18-11 Las Vegas advantage with 3:46 to go in the quarter. The Mystics countered with 6  of their own, but were never able to take the lead. The Aces committed 5 turnovers while Washington didn’t commit any.

Second Quarter (Washington 49, Las Vegas 41)

The game was tied at 39 when the Mystics went on an 8-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game with 30.7 seconds to go in the half. The Aces committed 6 turnovers in the quarter while Washington committed just 1. The Mystics outscored the Aces 26-14 in the paint in the first 20 minutes.

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 69, Washington 67)

The Aces scored the first 7 points of the quarter to slice the advantage to one, 49-48. Washington pushed its lead out to 6 on three occasions, but Las Vegas crawled its way back into the game taking the lead it would never relinquish on a Kelsey Plum layup with 13.6 seconds remaining.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 93, Washington 83)

Las Vegas’ lead vacillated between 5 and 11 the entire quarter.

KEY STATS

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Las Vegas made 56.7 percent of its field goal attempts while Washington made 42.9.

The Mystics made 5 of 27 shots from three-point range, while the Aces went 6 for 11.

Washington outscored Las Vegas 26-14 in points in the paint in the first half, while the Aces flipped the script in the second half outscoring the Mystics 32-8.

Las Vegas’ bench outscored the Mystics’ reserves 34-10 .

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson has scored in double figures in 53 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2019 season (19 points). She has scored in double figures 101 times in her 104-game career—the most double-digit scoring efforts by a player since 2018. Wilson added 14 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season and the 32nd of her career—the 3rd most double-doubles in the league since 2018.

Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 13th time this season and the 57th time in her career (24 points). It is her 3rd game with 20 or more points this year and the 11th of her career. Plum went 5 for 5 from the free throw line, and now leads the league in free throw percentage (.940). Only 5 players in WNBA history have finished a season with a free throw percentage of 94.0 or higher while taking at least 75 free throws (Plum is 47 for 50 ATM).

A’ja Wilson scored the 2,000th point of her career late in the second quarter.

Chelsea Gray scored in double figures for the 13th time this season and the 131st time in her career (13 points). She is one points shy of 2,500 for her career

Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 20th time this season and the 117th time in her career (15 points).

Riquna Williams scored in double figures for the 9th time this season and the 109th time in her career (10 points).

The Aces have made more three pointers than their opponents in a game 20 times in the regular season since moving to Vegas. They are 18-2 in those games.

Las Vegas’ 56.7 field goal percentage is the third highest in a game for the team this year.

NEXT OPPONENT

The Aces travel to Connecticut next Tuesday, August 24 at 4 pm PT.