GAME RECAP: Aces’ Winning Streak Comes To An End In 99-90 Overtime Loss To Phoenix

LAS VEGAS (July 7, 2021)—The Aces’ (14-5) four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday evening as the Phoenix Mercury (8-9) outscored Las Vegas 15-6 in overtime en route to a 99-90 victory.

Box Score/Video Highlights

KEY RUNS

First Quarter (Phoenix 24, Las Vegas 20)

Las Vegas led 18-13 with 2:55 to go, but the Mercury scored 11 of the final 13 points in the quarter to go up 4, 24-20. Phoenix’s Brittney Griner scored a game-high 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in the period.

Second Quarter (Phoenix 50, Las Vegas 43)

A 7-0 Mercury run midway through the quarter turned a 26-26 tie into a 33-26 Phoenix advantage with 4:45 to go in the half.  Brittney Griner again led all scorers with 11 points in the quarter, making all 5 of her field goal attempts.

Third Quarter (Las Vegas 63, Phoenix 58)

Las Vegas trailed by 11, 56-45, but went on an 18-0 run to go up 7, 63-56. Phoenix shot 10.5 percent from the floor in the quarter.

Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 84, Phoenix 84)

There were six ties and one lead change in the period. Shey Peddy scored six points in the quarter off the bench as Phoenix went 4 for 7 from three-point range in the period (Aces went 0 for 3).

First Overtime  (Phoenix 99, Las Vegas 90)

The Mercury scored the first nine points of the overtime period effectively putting the game out of reach.

KEY STATS

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Phoenix made 4 of 6 shots in overtime and all 6 of their free throws, while Las Vegas went 2 for 11 and did not take a free throw.

Las Vegas held Phoenix to 10.5 percent shooting in the third quarter.

The Mercury went 25 for 29 from the free throw line, while the Aces made 15 of 24.

Phoenix went 10 for 27 from three-point range while the Aces went 3 for 13

Las Vegas outscored Phoenix 40-22 in the paint

GAME NOTES

Diane Taurasi did not play (left hip).

A’ja Wilson has scored in double figures in 49 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2019 season (25 points). She has scored in double figures 97 times in her 100-game career. She also scored 20 or more points for the 48th time in her career and the 8th time this season. She also also recorded her 9th double-double of the year ( 25 points, 12 rebounds) and her 29th of  her career.

Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 18th time this season, and the 116th time of her career (16 points). Liz Cambage recorded her 8th double-double this season (16 points, 8 rebounds) and the 41st in her career.

Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 13th time this season, and the 32nd time in her career (12 points today).

Kelsey Plum scored in double figures for the 10th time this season, and the 54th time in her career (10 points today).

Las Vegas 14-5 start to the season is one win back of the best 19-game start in franchise history (15-4 in 2020).

The Aces are now 8-2 at home this season.

The 60 combined points scored by Britney Griner (33 points) and Skyler Diggins-Smith (27) are the most by a pair of Aces opponents this season. Griner’s 33 points are the second most by an Aces’ opponent this year.

NEXT OPPONENT

Las Vegas remain at home, Friday, July 9 to take on the Minnesota Lynx at 7:30 pm PT.