A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces dominated against Breanna Stewart and the New York Liberty to take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals.
In one highlight-reel play, Wilson faked a shot from the free-throw line, which sent her defender — Stewart, who won the 2023 WNBA MVP over Wilson — flying past her. Then Wilson casually took the ball in for a layup.
That sequence epitomized the entire game, which ended in a 104-76 win for the Aces. Wilson led her team with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum added 24 and 23 points, respectively, while Chelsea Gray contributed 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
By the end of the first quarter, Las Vegas held a 38-19 lead. Though the Liberty clawed their way back, trailing by just eight points at halftime, the Aces outscored them 28-13 in the third quarter to put the game away.
Jonquel Jones posted a first-half double-double for New York, she managed just 3 points and 0 rebounds in the second half. She finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds overall.
After losing the first two games of the best-of-five series, New York has dropped two games in a row for the first time this season. The Liberty will host the Aces in Game 3 at 3 p.m. ET Sunday at Barclays Center, and they will need a win to keep their title hopes alive.
A'ja oh my.... #WNBAFinals pic.twitter.com/MQIy5KPqjr— Tyler DeLuca (@TylerDeLuca) October 12, 2023
A'ja oh my.... #WNBAFinals pic.twitter.com/MQIy5KPqjr
Sheesh, @_ajawilson22! 😮💨#RaiseTheStakes // #WNBAFinals pic.twitter.com/sidENuxAwe— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) October 12, 2023
Sheesh, @_ajawilson22! 😮💨#RaiseTheStakes // #WNBAFinals pic.twitter.com/sidENuxAwe