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FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Fever – Game 14 – 2023

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Las Vegas Aces (13-1) | Indiana Fever (5-9)

 

Led by A’ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray, the Las Vegas Aces swept the season series with the Indiana Fever, taking a 88-80 victory.

The Aces vs Fever played at the Michelob ULTRA Arena on Monday.

Aces vs Fever Chelsea Grey
Photo Credit: Trisha LaCoste/Franchise Sports Media

The Las Vegas Aces claimed their 13th win on the season, but they are now also tied for third among all-time WNBA teams for victories before receiving a second loss. The 2016 Los Angeles Sparks and the 1998 Houston Comets were 20-1 to start their seasons.

The Aces are currently on a 12-game home winning streak, tied for the longest in franchise history.

The streak of 12 straight home wins has been accomplished 21 times in WNBA history, and the record is 28 by the Sparks in 2002.

A’ja Wilson handled business against the Indiana Fever for the third time with 24 points (8-of-17 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), ten rebounds, three steals, three blocks, and three assists. 

With 22 points in the first half, Wilson tied her record.

Wilson had 28 points when the Aces won 101-88 on Saturday and 27 in an 84-80 win against the Fever earlier in the month.

The Aces handled business against the Fever

This win marked the 11th straight Aces victory over the Fever, which dates back to the 2020 bubble season.

The start of the Aces vs Fever first half. 

Aces vs Fever Kelsey Plum
Photo Credit: Trisha LaCoste/Franchise Sports Media

Gray had eight points in the winning 11-0 run before Indiana made two closing free throws and had 25 points (8-of-13 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs) on her bobblehead night. Gray also had five assists to reach 1,300 for her career.

Kelsey Plum added 17 points (4-of-16 FGs, 2-for-9 3s, 7-of-7 FTs) for the Aces, while Jackie Young, who was named an all-star game starter with Wilson and Gray, had 16 points (5-of-11 FGs, 2-for-6 3s).

Aliyah Boston, the sixth rookie all-star starter, had 20 points (7-of-14 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 14 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Erica Wheeler also had 20 points (7-of-18 FGs, 2-for-6 3s). 

Kelsey Mitchell added 14 points, and Nalyssa Smith 13 points. Boston and Smith both also had 14 rebounds.

The Fever went up by as many as six points in the first quarter, 14-8, but the Aces fought back and took their first lead of the game off a Wilson steal and bucket to cap a 7-0 run that put Las Vegas in front 15-14. 

The Aces shot just 31.6 percent from the field, while Indiana finished the quarter shooting 43.5 percent. Indiana also collected seven points off four Aces turnovers. Wilson (11) and Young (9) were Las Vegas’ lone scorers in the quarter, while Mitchell scored 12 for Indiana.

Neither team managed more than a four-point lead throughout the second quarter. The Aces’ shooting improved to 69.2 percent, bumping up to 46.9 percent for the first half, and the Fever remained steady at 42.9 percent in the half. 

The end of the Aces vs Fever first half. 

Las Vegas held a 10-4 advantage on the boards, but they coughed up the ball seven times, which resulted in nine points for Indiana.

The start of the Aces vs Fever second half. 

Aces vs Fever A'Ja Wilson
Photo Credit: Trisha LaCoste/Franchise Sports Media

Heading to the third quarter, a jumper from Plum started an 8-2 run that gave Las Vegas their largest lead of the game, 69-63. Las Vegas held Indiana to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor while their offense hit 41.2 percent of their field goals.

The fourth quarter remained close from start to finish. With 2:26 to play, the Fever went ahead at 78-77. However, that’s when Gray and the Aces’ defense went to work. 

Gray had a masterful fourth quarter, hitting back-to-back jumpers while also assisting on a Plum three with just over a minute to play. Gray scored her next four points from the line, icing the game.

The Aces, who were scoring a league-high 40.5 points in the paint, were held to just 28 points in the paint, while Indiana scored 40.

This is just the third game this season where Las Vegas has failed to score 90+ points.

The final score of the Aces vs Fever was 88-80, Aces.

The Aces will now take on the New York Liberty on Thursday, June 29th, at 7:00 PST.

 

– Jake Ideguchi-Furukawa – Franchise Sports Media

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