GAME RECAP: Aces Fourth Quarter Spurt Sinks Dream, 89-79

Palmetto, FL (September 5, 2020)—The Las Vegas Aces (14-4) continue to have their playoff seeding destiny in their owns hands, as they strung together a 14-2 run early in the fourth quarter, Saturday evening to pick up an 89-79 victory over the Atlanta Dream (5-14). The Aces are still a game back of front-running Seattle (15-3), but if  Las Vegas wins its final four games, including a September 13 meeting with the Storm, the Aces will earn the number one seed in the WNBA playoffs regardless of the outcome of any other games.

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Atlanta 23, Las Vegas 21)

Neither team led by more than 5 points during the quarter.

Second Quarter (Las Vegas 45, Atlanta 44)

Neither team led by more than 4 points during the quarter.

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 65, Atlanta 61)

Las Vegas scored the first 7 points of the period to go up, 52-44. Atlanta countered with a 9-0 run to re-take the lead, 53-52.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 89, Atlanta 79)

Las Vegas scored 14 of the first 18 points of the quarter to expand its lead to 14, 79-65.

KEY STATS

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Las Vegas went 19 for 23 from the free throw line, while the Dream made 10 of 15.

The Aces made 52.4 percent of their shots from the field, while the Dream made 44.7 percent of theirs.

Las Vegas went 4 for 12 from three-point range, while Atlanta made 1 of 12.

The Aces committed 16 turnovers which Atlanta flipped into 20 points, while the Dream were tagged for 9 miscues which Las Vegas turned into 13 points.

GAME NOTES

A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 18th straight game to start the season, the 26th straight game dating back to last year, and the 74th time in her 77 games as a pro (21 points). It was also her 12th game of 20 or more points this year, and the 37th of her carer

Angel McCoughtry scored in double figures for the 15th game this season, and the 276th time in her professional career (18 points).

Kayla McBride scored in double figures for the 13th time this season, and the 146th time in her professional career (18 points).

Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 16th time this season and the 79th time in her career (11 points).

Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and the 17th time in her career (18 points).

A’ja Wilson had her streak of consecutive made free throws snapped at 25.

Las Vegas made more threes than their opponent for just the 4th time this season, and the 14th in the last two-plus years. The Aces are 4-0 this year when doing that.

NEXT OPPONENT

Las Vegas returns home this week to host the Indiana Fever, Tuesday, September 8 at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT on ESPN2.