LAS VEGAS (July 2, 2021)—The Las Vegas Aces remain atop the WNBA standings with a 13-4 mark thanks to A’ja Wilson’s 20-point, 10-rebound effort in a 66-58 road win over the Los Angeles Sparks.
First Quarter (Las Vegas 17, Los Angeles 13)
Neither team led by more than 5 points in the quarter. A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 6 as both teams shot below 40 percent (Las Vegas—33.3%, Los Angeles—37.5%).
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 38, Los Angeles 30)
Las Vegas led by two, 30-28, with 3:14 remaining, but scored 8 points in a row to extend its lead to 10. A’ja Wilson led all scorers again with 7 in the period. The Aces made 52.9 percent of their field goals in the quarter, while LA made 27.8 percent.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 51, Los Angeles 44)
The Aces lead vacillated between 6 and 12 the entire period. Erica Wheeler led all scorers with 9 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 66, Los Angeles 58)
The Aces led 54-48 with 8:33 to go, but the Sparks went on an 8-0 run to take the lead, holding Las Vegas scoreless for 4:45. Las Vegas ended the game on a 12-2 run to secure the win. A’ja Wilson went 5 for 6 from the free throw line during the run, while Riquna Williams drained a three-pointer, and Chelsea Gray connected on a pair of jumpers.
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The Aces went 18 for 23 from the free throw line, while Los Angeles made 8 of 10.
Las Vegas shot 37.7 percent from the field, while the Sparks shot 35.5 percent.
Los Angeles made 6 of 21 shots from three-point range, while the Aces went 2 for 11.
The Sparks committed 15 turnovers which the Aces flipped into 12 points, while Las Vegas made 13 miscues which Los Angeles flipped into 7 points.
A’ja Wilson has scored in double figures in 47 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2019 season (20 points tonight). She has scored in double figures 95 times in her 98-game career. Wilson added 10 rebounds for her 8th double-double of the year and the 28th of her career. It is her 4th consecutive double-double, and 7th in her last 9 games.
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 16th time this season, and the 114th time of her career (10 points).
Chelsea Gray scored 10 or more points for the 11th time this season and the 129th time in her career (14 points).
Las Vegas 13-4 start to the season is tied for the best 17-gme start in franchise history with the 2020 team.
Las Vegas’ 66 points are the second fewest they have scored this season.
The Aces 37.7 percent shooting from the field is its lowest percentage of the year.
Las Vegas’ 11 assists are its fewest of the season.
The Aces signed sixth-year center Kiah Stokes prior to the game, but she did not play.
Las Vegas returns home, Sunday, July 4 to host the Atlanta Dream at 3 pm PT.