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FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Dream – Game 30 – 2023

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Las Vegas Aces (27-3) | Atlanta Dream (15-16)

 

The Las Vegas Aces overcame a poor offensive showing to defeat the Atlanta Dream, taking a 86-65 victory.

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

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Las Vegas Aces struggled to get their shots to fall early on. However, they came away with an 86-65 victory over the Atlanta Dream. With this win, they’ve improved their home winning streak to 20 games.

Las Vegas is now just the second team in league history to win 20 or more in a row at home.

The Aces are also now 27-3 on the year, which ties them with three other teams for the best record in WNBA history through 30 games. Those three teams are the 2000 and 2001 Los Angeles Sparks and the 1998 Houston Comets.

A’ja Wilson finished with a game-high 21 points (9-of-22 FGs), nine rebounds, five steals, and two blocks.

Wilson (3,485 points) passed Becky Hammon (3,474 points) for second on the Aces’ all-time franchise career scoring chart. Wilson now sets her sights on Sophia Young-Malcolm, who is first with 4,300 points.

You want these players to eclipse you and be better than you,” Hammon said. “I’ll be at every one of their Hall of Fame (enshrinement ceremonies), standing there super proud of them because they advance it for the next group.”

Jackie Young performed well with 17 points (6-of-13 FGs, 1-for-4 3s), six rebounds, and two steals. Chelsea Gray had 13 points (5-of-12 FGs, 0-for-3 3s), six assists, two steals, and two blocks. Kelsey Plum also put up 13 points (4-of-13 FGs, 2-for-6 3s), four rebounds, and two steals.

The Aces handled business against the Dream

Alysha Clark was a late-pregame scratch. However, Cayla George stepped up and had a season-high 11 points (4-of-8 FGs, 3-for-5 3s), while Kiah Stokes grabbed a game-best 12 boards.

The start of the Aces vs Dream first half. 

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For the Atlanta Dream, Allisha Gray led the squad with 19 points (5-of-11 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs). Cheyenne Parker had 13 points (6-of-13 FGs), six rebounds, and four assists. Rhyne Howard finished with 12 points (4-of-14 FGs, 1-for-5 3s), five rebounds, and four assists.

After scoring the first bucket of the game, Las Vegas missed their next four shots from the floor, while Atlanta took advantage, ripping off a 9-0 run. However, the Aces were able to fight their way back to a tie. 

Las Vegas shot a porous 37.5 percent (6-of-16 FGs) from the field and 28.6 percent (2-for-7 3s) from deep in the first quarter, all the while Atlanta was 50 percent (8-of-16 FGs) from the floor while missing the two 3-pointers they attempted.

Both teams shot a combined 2-of-11 from the floor during the first four minutes of the second quarter. Atlanta tied the game on two instances and never let the Aces get ahead by more than five points until the final bucket of the quarter.

Las Vegas once again struggled to make shots, going 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) from the field and 2-of-5 (40 percent) from 3-point range, while Atlanta hit 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from the floor and missed all five 3-pointers they shot.

The Dream put the Aces on their heels early, as an 8-0 run allowed them to retake the lead, 38-36, for the first time since late in the first quarter. However, Gray and Wilson kick-started an 8-0 Las Vegas run midway through the third period to put the Aces back on top by six.

The end of the Aces vs Dream’s first half. 

The Dream cut the Las Vegas lead to two on two occasions, but they couldn’t close the gap any further. A 3-pointer from Young gave the Aces their largest lead of the game to that point. 

The start of the Aces vs Dream second half. 

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The Dream shot 40 percent (6-of-15 FGs) from the floor and finally made their first 3-pointers, sinking two of their three. Las Vegas could not seem to figure it out, nailing just 35 percent (7-of-20 FGs) of their field goals and 33.3 percent (2-of-6 3s) from deep.

In the fourth quarter, Wilson took over, scoring Las Vegas’ first eight points of the quarter, putting them up by double-digits, and the Dream never countered as Las Vegas closed the game on a 13-3 run.

Las Vegas finally figured it out, shooting 59.1 percent (13-of-22 FGs) of its shots from the floor in the final period, while the Dream only hit 38.5 percent (5-of-13 FGs) of their field goal attempts.

The final score of the Aces vs Dream was 86-65, Aces.

The Aces will now take on the New York Liberty on Tuesday, August 15th, at 6:00 PM PST.

 

– Jake Ideguchi-Furukawa – Franchise Sports Media

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