LAS VEGAS (June 3, 2021)—The Las Vegas Aces (6-3) led wire-to-wire Thursday, besting the New York Liberty (5-3) behind a 30-point, 13-rebound effort from reigning M’VP A’ja Wilson. The victory was also the 288th of Bill Laimbeer’s coaching career, moving him into second place on the WNBA’s career wins chart.
First Quarter (Las Vegas 30, New York 16)
The Aces made their first 6 shots from the field and first 2 free throws to go up 14-5 early. Four (4) different players scored during that opening run (Cambage 4, Young 4, Wilson 4, Gray 2). Las Vegas closed the period on a 6-1 run to give them their largest lead of the night to that point.
Second Quarter (Las Vegas 52, New York 44)
Las Vegas extended its lead to 19, 40-21, with 7:36 to go in the half, but the Liberty scored 14 of the next 16 to slice the advantage to seven, 42-35. New York cut the lead to four on two occasions. Rebecca Allen scored 14 points in the quarter on 6-for-9 shooting, including 2 for 4 from three-point range.
Third Quarter (Las Vegas 75, New York 67)
The Aces’ lead vacillated between 5 and 11 points throughout the quarter.
Fourth Quarter (Las Vegas 94, New York 82)
The Liberty chipped away at the Aces lead, cutting it to one, 80-79, with 4:00 to go, but Las Vegas scored 14 of the next 15 points to put the game away. Riquna Williams drained a pair of three-pointers during the run, while A’ja Wilson started it off with a basket and two free throws.
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Las Vegas went 26 for 29 from the free throw line, while the Liberty went 7 for 9.
New York made 9 of 30 three-pointers, while Las Vegas connected on 4 of 11.
New York led the Aces in fast break points, 17 to 6.
Las Vegas held Sabrina Ionescu scoreless in the first half (0 for 4), and to a season-low 5 points on the evening.
The Liberty bench outscored the Las Vegas reserves 27 to 17.
A’ja Wilson has scored in double figures in 39 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2019 season (30 points tonight). She has scored in double figures 87 times in her 90-game career. She has also scored 20 or more points 3 times this year, and 43 times in her career, and 30 or more points 6 times.
Wilson added a season-high 13 rebounds for her 2nd double-double of the season, and the 22nd of her career.
Wilson also tied the franchise record for most made free throws in a game without a miss (12 for 12).
Jackie Young scored in double figures for the 7th time this season, and the 26th time in her career (16 points).
Chelsea Gray just missed out on her second point-assist double-double with 11 points and 9 assists. That is the 7th time she has scored in double figures this season, and the 125th time in her career.
Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 9th game this season, and the 107th time in her career.
Dearica Hamby scored in double figures for the 5th time this season, and the 88th time in her career.
Las Vegas remains on the road, Saturday, June 5 for a 10 am PT tip against the Washington Mystics.