UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Chelsea Gray scored 20 points to lead the Las Vegas Aces to their first WNBA title in a 78-71 road win over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 on Sunday.
Gray went 9 of 13 from the floor and was named MVP after averaging 18 points on the run. The Aces improved to 4-0 in this year’s playoffs with two days off.
Riquana Williams added 17 points Kelsey Plum added 16 points for the Aces, Jackie Young had 13 and league MVP A’ja Wilson added 11 points to go with 14 rebounds.
When the buzzer sounded, Wilson grabbed the ball and stomped on the ground before being mobbed by her teammates.
We champions! We champions! We champions! Wilson gave a shout out to his teammates as they donned their championship hats and t-shirts ahead of the trophy presentation ceremony.
It’s the first major professional sports title for a Las Vegas team, and Wilson surely hopes it’s just the beginning.
“You see it. You see it,” Wilson said during the on-court celebration. “That’s what we’re building. This is what we do. That’s it. I am so happy right now.”
Courtney Williams had 17 points to lead Connecticut and Alyssa Thomas had her second straight triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Jonquel Jones added 13 points and DeWanna Bonner 12.
Las Vegas led by two points at halftime and four points after three quarters.
It was a six-point lead in the fourth when Kelsey Plum was called for a flagrant foul after hitting Bonner as the Sun guard attempted a 3-pointer and sent him to the ground holding his right ankle. Bonner hit all three free throws before Jonquel Jones’ short jumper cut the lead to one point. The Sun then tied the game at 67 on a Courtney Williams free throw and took a 71-70 lead on two fouls by Brionna Jones.
But Las Vegas had the answers.
Riquana Williams’ 3-pointer put the Aces back in the lead and Chelsea Gray’s back jumper extended the lead to 75-71 with less than a minute to go. A’Ja Wilson then stole a pass and Plum hit a short jump to secure the win. .
Bonner opened the scoring with a leaning left wing. But Kelsey Plum’s 3-pointer from the left baseline sparked a 12-0 first run for Vegas that propelled them to a 16-6 lead. The Aces, who gave up 34 points to the Sun in the first quarter of Game 3, led 16-12 after 10 minutes on Sunday.
“We were resilient and held ourselves accountable,” said Wilson, who played every minute of the game.
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