FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Dream – Game 26 – 2023

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Las Vegas Aces (24-2) | Atlanta Dream (14-12)

 

The Las Vegas Aces clinched a spot in the 2023 WNBA Playoffs with a 93-72 victory over the Atlanta Dream.

The Aces vs Dream played at the Michelob ULTRA Arena on Tuesday.

Aces vs Dream | Franchise Sports Media Jackie Young
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The Las Vegas Aces celebrated breast health awareness night with a 93-72 victory over the Atlanta Dream.

The win improved the Aces’ record to 24-2, helping them keep pace with the 1998 Houston Comets for the best record through 26 games in WNBA history. Jackie Young led the way with 24 points (10-of-21 FGs, 4-of-9 3s) and four steals.

A’ja Wilson totaled 20 points (6-of-12 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), 11 rebounds, and two steals. This was Wilson’s 56th 20+ point, 10+ rebound game of her career, moving her into a tie for fifth place with Tamika Catchings on the WNBA’s career list. 

Kelsey Plum had 14 points (5-of-9 FGs, 2-for-3 3s) and five assists. Western Conference Player of the Week Chelsea Gray moved into 13th place in WNBA history for career assists with seven dimes, acquiring 10 points (4-of-7 FGs, 1-for-2 3s) and two steals.

The Aces handled business against the Dream

Kierstan Bell added a career-high 15 points (5-of-9 FGs, 3-of-6 3s) off the bench.

The start of the Aces vs Dream first half. 

Aces vs Dream | Franchise Sports Media Kelsea Plum
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For the Dream, Cheyenne Parker scored 15 of her 19 points (9-of-13 FGs) in the first half. Parker also finished the contest with five rebounds and three assists.

Allisha Gray, coming off back-to-back games with 25-plus points, was held to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. Rhyne Howard also struggled from the field, totaling just six points (3-of-10 FGs, 0-for-3 3s), six rebounds, and six assists.

Atlanta jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, but the Aces quickly gained momentum with an 8-0 run of their own. Las Vegas got sloppy, turning the ball over five times in the quarter. However, the Dream didn’t capitalize on them, only turning those miscues into one point. 

Gray made it look easy, throwing out five of her seven assists in the first quarter alone.

Las Vegas then scored 21 of the first 28 points of the second quarter, eventually extending their lead to as many as 18, 49-31. The Aces made 64.3 percent of their shots from the floor, while Atlanta connected on 50 percent. 

This time around, the Dream committed five turnovers; however, Las Vegas proved to be more successful in this department by flipping those five miscues into 14 points.

The end of the Aces vs Dream first half. 

Young had herself a spectacular showing in the second period, scoring 18 points and making four 3-pointers in the quarter.

The start of the Aces vs Dream second half. 

Aces vs Dream | Franchise Sports Media A'ja Wilson
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The Dream wasn’t done yet, as they drained the Aces’ lead down to eight with less than four minutes to go in the third quarter. Las Vegas hit a roadblock, making just 6-of-17 shots (35.3 percent) in the quarter. Meanwhile, Atlanta made 43.8 percent of their shots (7-of-16).

The Dream sliced the Aces’ advantage to seven, 69-62, but Las Vegas finally had enough, ripping off 15 consecutive points to push the game out of reach. Bell made back-to-back 3-pointers to start the run, scoring 13 of her 15 points in the final quarter. 

The Aces made 52.9 percent of their shots in the fourth period, while Atlanta made 30.8 percent of theirs. Las Vegas turned five Dream miscues into eight points, while Atlanta failed to score off of any of Las Vegas’ three turnovers.

The Aces have now won eight consecutive games by ten or more points, marking the second-longest streak of wins by 10+ points in WNBA history. The longest streak was done by the Comets (June 23-July 12, 2000), where Houston won 10 games in a row by ten or more points.

It was also Las Vegas’ 14th win this season by 15 or more points, the third-most all-time in a single WNBA season. In first place are the 2019 Washington Mystics (16 wins by 15+ points), and in second are the 2000 Comets (15 wins by 15+ points).

The final score of the Aces vs Dream was 93-72 Aces.

The Aces will now take on the New York Liberty on Sunday, August 6th, at 12:00 PM PST.

 

– Jake Ideguchi-Furukawa – Franchise Sports Media

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