Wilson posts another double-double in low-scoring Aces win
Las Vegas Aces’ Forward A’Ja Wilson recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the team to a win against the Los Angeles Sparks, 66-58.
The win sent the series between the Aces and the Sparks to 3-0 in favor of the Aces.
Las Vegas (13-4) will have a day off until they square off against the Atlanta Dream (6-10) on the road Sunday, July 4.
The Aces moved to number one in the WNBA according to the regular season standings ahead of the Seattle Storm.
Both Aces and Storm have a record of 13-4.
Wilson showed the ability to take over the fourth quarter highlighted by a 12-2 run to record the win for the Aces.
She scored five points in the last few minutes of the game.
Guard Chelsea Gray recorded 14 points and four assists, while center Liz Cambage recorded 10 points and fouled out of the game with five fouls.
Guard Riquna Williams also tallied 14 points and eight rebounds.
Los Angeles played aggressive defense in order to slow Las Vegas down but the latter was calmed by a veteran presence.
Gray displayed the leadership and determination en route to a win against her former team for a season sweep.
She helped Wilson take over in the fourth quarter against a more determined Sparks defense.
Gray took control, after the Aces were down 56-54 in the fourth quarter with 4:43 left in the game.
She made a pull-up jumper to tie the game at 56 apiece, passed the ball to Wilson to earn two free throws to take the lead back, 58-56.
She then made another short jumper in semi-transition to increase the lead to four points, 60-56.
Gray followed that up with another pass to fellow former Spark Williams, whose three gave Las Vegas a five-point advantage, 63-58 with 1:53 left to play.
In other news, Wilson currently sits in second place of the 2021 WNBA MVP race, behind Connecticut Suns Jonquel Jones.
Becoming back-to-back MVP for Wilson remains a possibility with the Suns’ Jones averaging a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.