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FSM Essential Recap: Aces vs Mystics – Game 29 – 2023

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Las Vegas Aces (26-3) | Washington Mystics (13-16)

 

With the help of A’ja Wilson, the Las Vegas Aces handled the Washington Mystics, taking a 113-89 victory.

The Aces vs Mystics played at the Michelob ULTRA Arena on Friday.

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A’ja Wilson carried the Las Vegas Aces to victory over the Washington Mystics with a career-high 40-point game, tying the Aces’ single-game scoring record and keeping Las Vegas unbeaten at home.

This game marked the ninth 30+ point game of Wilson’s WNBA regular season career. Only one player is ahead of her in Aces’ franchise history, Becky Hammon, with 10.

Wilson’s dominance began early, as she scored a career-high 24 points in the first half.

Wilson also grabbed 12 rebounds to pass Margo Dydek for second place on the franchise’s career rebounds chart. Wilson now has 1,536 rebounds in total.

Wilson’s 17 made field goals are also the second most in a game in WNBA history and the most in Aces’ franchise history. Her 17 made two-pointers tied Lauren Jackson’s WNBA record for the most made two-point field goals in a game.

Kelsey Plum added 19 points (7-of-10 FGs, 3-for-5 3s), ten assists, and two steals. Chelsea Gray also had 19 points (7-of-15 FGs, 4-for-7 3s) and ten assists. At the same time, Jackie Young finished with 17 points (4-of-11 FGs, 3-for-5 3s, 6-of-6 FTs) and four assists.

The Aces handled business against the Mystics 

Plum recorded her fourth career point-assist double-double and her first of the season. The ten assists marked a season-high.

The start of the Aces vs Mystics first half. 

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Look at you. This is big, man,” Wilson said of Plum’s performance. “This is a celebration. Forget the 40. KP had ten assists.”

Gray became just the ninth player in WNBA history with 3,000+ points, 1,400+ assists, 800+ rebounds, 300+ steals, and 300+ 3s made. She got there in 287 games, the fastest in WNBA history by ten games.

The injury-ravaged Mystics were led by Natasha Cloud’s 21 points (7-of-17 FGs, 4-for-9 3s), four rebounds, and six assists. However, Cloud fell victim to the injury bug, as she went down in the second half of this matchup.

Also contributing for Washington, Tianna Hawkins had 19 points (8-of-11 FGs, 2-for-4 3s), ten rebounds, and two steals. Myisha Hines-Allen totaled 15 points (5-of-14 FGs, 0-for-5 3s, 5-of-5 FTs), seven rebounds, and five assists.

The game started slowly as Las Vegas and Washington locked themselves into a 7-7 tie. It was here where Wilson exploded, netting 11 of Las Vegas’ next 23 points. Wilson finished with 15 points in the opening quarter.

Washington kept Las Vegas on its toes as the Mystics’ offense slowly chipped away at the Aces’ lead. Washington came within two points twice. However, Las Vegas did not surrender the lead thanks to Wilson and Plum combining for 17 points in the quarter. 

The end of the Aces vs Mystics’ first half. 

The Aces shot 58.8 percent from the floor and were perfect from deep (3-for-3 3s). Las Vegas was also perfect from the charity stripe (11-of-11 FTs) at halftime.

The start of the Aces vs Mystics second half. 

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A 7-0 Mystics run tied the contest at 68-68. However, a 3-pointer from Young propelled the Aces to a 14-1 run that ended with an 85-71 Las Vegas lead. 

The Aces were 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the floor and 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Washington was 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from the floor and 4-for-4 from deep.

After the Mystics pulled within 10 points, 88-78, the Aces locked in and jumped out to a 20-point lead, 101-81, with four minutes to play. From there, Las Vegas went on a 12-3 run for its largest lead of the night, 27 points, before the Mystics hit a three to draw the game to its 113-89 conclusion.

Although Wilson played just 4:31 and was subbed out with 2:41 left, she led the Aces with six points.

Las Vegas finished the contest shooting 54.5 percent from the floor (42-of-77 FGs) and an even 50 percent from deep (14-for-28 3s). Las Vegas held Washington to 43 percent from the field (34-of-79 FGs) and 38.7 percent from beyond the arc (12-of-31 3s).

The final score of the Aces vs Mystics was 113-89, Aces.

The Aces will now take on the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, August 13th, at 6:00 PM PST.

 

– Jake Ideguchi-Furukawa – Franchise Sports Media

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