GAME RECAP: Aces Miss Out On Opportunity To Clinch First Round Bye With, 78-74, Loss At Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA (September 5, 2019)—Las Vegas led for the first three-plus quarters Thursday evening, but the Atlanta Dream went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the fourth to escape with a, 78-74, victory.

KEY  RUNS

First Quarter (Aces 25, Dream 20)

Las Vegas scored the first six points of the game, and didn’t trail through the first three-plus quarters

Second Quarter (Aces 42, Dream 37)

Las Vegas led 30-28 with 6:07 to go in the period, and scored the next six points to post the team’s largest lead of the half at nine, 36-27.

Third Quarter (Aces 57, Dream 55)

None

Fourth Quarter (Dream 78, Aces 74)

Las Vegas led 62-59 with 7:11 remaining, but Atlanta scored the next nine points to take a lead they would never relinquish.

KEY STATS

The Dream out-rebounded the Aces 47 to 35.

Atlanta made 9 of 22 from three-point range, while Las Vegas went 1 for 15.

Las Vegas went 15 for 23 from the free throw line (65.2 percent), while Atlanta went 13 for 21 (61.9)

Atlanta committed 15 turnovers which the Aces turned into 17 points, while Las Vegas committed 9 turnovers which the Dream turned into 10 points.

GAME NOTES

Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 28th time this season (15 points). She played just 1:13 in the second half after leaving due to a left leg injury.

A’ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 22nd time this season (19 points).

Jackie Young just missed out on a double-double with 9 points and 9 assists.

A’ja Wilson blocked a career-high tying 7 shots.

Carolyn Swords did not travel as she continued to undergo concussion protocol.

NEXT GAME

Las Vegas concludes its 2019 regular season on the road, Sunday, at Phoenix. Tip is slated for 1 pm PT.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

With the loss, Las Vegas (20-13) falls a half-game behind the third place Sparks, pending the outcome of Los Angeles’ game this evening against Seattle. Los Angeles has the tiebreaker against the Aces should the team finish the year with the same record. Las Vegas is also now a half-game ahead of Chicago in fifth place. The Aces magic number to clinch at least the fourth seed, and a bye into the second round, remains one—any  combination of one Las Vegas win or Sky loss.