Palmetto, FL (October 4, 2020)—The Seattle Storm got 20-plus point efforts from Breanna Stewart (22), Alysha Clark (21) and Natasha Howard, Sunday afternoon, in a 104-91 victory over Las Vegas in Game 2 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals. It is now a win-or-go-home situation for the Aces who trail two games to none.
First Quarter (Seattle 31, Las Vegas 24)
Las Vegas led 11-10 with 6:26 remaining in the quarter, but the Storm scored 10 of the next 12 points to go up, 20-14.
Second Quarter (Seattle 48, Las Vegas 42)
Seattle led by five, 35-30, with 7:12 to go in the half, and extended its lead to 13, 43-30, with an 8-0 run. Las Vegas closed the gap to three, 45-42, with an 12-2 run of its own.
Third Quarter (Seattle 75, Las Vegas 68)
Las Vegas scored the first 6 points of the quarter to tie the scored at 48, and 13 of the first 17 to take a three-point lead, 55-52. The teams were tied at 62 with 4:14 on the clock, but the Storm closed the quarter on a 13-6 run.
Fourth Quarter (Seattle 104, Las Vegas 91)
Las Vegas never got closer than six, and trailed by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter.
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The Aces, who led the league in free throws made (19.0) and attempted (23.4) this season, went just 5 for 5. That is the third fewest free throw attempts ever taken in a WNBA Finals game. That is the fewest number of free throws the Aces have taken since moving to Las Vegas. They have only taken fewer than 10 in a game once during the regular season during that time (9 vs. Washington on July 5/August 5, 2019). Seattle made 12 of 15 from the charity stripe.
Aces opponents averaged 20.6 personal fouls per game in the regular season, which was the most in the league. The Storm committed just 11 on Sunday. The fewest an Aces opponent committed in the regular season was 16.
Las Vegas committed 16 turnovers to just 10 for Seattle.
The Aces outscored the Storm 21 to 12 in second chance points.
A’ja Wilson has scored in double digits in every single game this season (22 regular season, and 7 postseason).
Emma Cannon poured in a career-high tying 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting (August 10, 2017 vs. Dallas).
Danielle Robinson dished out a season-high 10 assists.
Seattle made 57.1 percent of its field goal attempts which is the second highest percentage in finals history (.585, Phoenix vs. Chicago, Sept. 7, 2014).
Las Vegas was 8-0 in the regular season when making 50 percent or more of their field goal attempts (.520 in today’s loss).
Both teams broke the record for most assists in a finals game—Seattle, 33; Las Vegas 29 (Phoenix vs. Chicago, Sept. 7, 2014)
Las Vegas heads to Palmetto, Florida, Tuesday for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals against the Seattle Storm. Tip on ESPN is slated for 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.