Aces, Sun square off in showdown for first place

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Field Level Media
24 Aug 2021, 10:05 GMT+10

A'ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces anticipation to debar a play bid expanse erstwhile they sojourn Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun successful a conflict of the league's apical 2 teams connected Tuesday night.

Las Vegas (17-6) is tied with Connecticut (17-6) for the champion grounds successful the WNBA, but it dropped its archetypal 2 meetings with the Sun. The teams pb third-place Seattle (18-7) by percent points atop the league standings.

DeWanna Bonner scored 22 points to pb Connecticut to a 72-65 triumph astatine Las Vegas connected May 23. Jones had 23 points to powerfulness the Sun to a 74-67 location triumph implicit the Aces connected June 1.

Wilson, the Aces' starring scorer averaging 19.3 points, was held to 14 points successful each of those losses. Las Vegas volition person a boost successful the signifier of Kiah Stokes and Kelsey Plum, neither of whom played successful the archetypal 2 meetings.

"You ne'er cognize (how their beingness volition interaction us) until you commencement playing the games," Aces manager Bill Laimbeer said. "I conscionable deliberation that having much assets volition beryllium to our advantage."

Las Vegas has won 3 straight, including sweeping a two-game location acceptable versus Washington connected Aug. 15-17. Plum scored 24 points successful the Aces' 93-83 triumph implicit the Mystics past Tuesday.

Connecticut is coming disconnected a expanse of its ain arsenic it bested Minnesota successful back-to-back location games connected Aug. 17-19. Bonner had a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to assistance the Sun fend disconnected the Lynx 82-71 past Thursday.

Jones totaled 20 points and 7 rebounds against Minnesota, starring to her 3rd Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award this season.

"Winning these 2 games successful 3 days to triumph the bid against them, it was fantastic," Sun manager Curt Miller said. "(It was) very, precise important for us."

The Sun person won 5 consecutive regular-season bouts and boast the league's champion location grounds this play astatine 10-1. The Aces are 7-3 distant from home.

--Field Level Media

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