WNBA Finals: Las Vegas Aces cling on to take Game 1 over Connecticut Sun

However the Aces’ protection in the end held agency, thwarting DeWanna Bonners’ determined try and tie the sport with a 3 pointer as time ran out.

Led by MVP A’ja Wilson, who contributed 24 factors and 11 rebounds, alongside Chelsea Grey with 21 factors and three assists, Las Vegas closed out its first WNBA Finals recreation victory in franchise historical past with a 67-64 win over Connecticut.

“Coming from being swept and actually getting one,” Wilson mentioned, in line with Sky Sports activities. “Pretty happy about this one. Not going to dwell on it long as we have a really tough Game 2 coming up.”

In entrance of a report crowd of 10,135, Las Vegas started brightly, amassing an eight level lead by the top of the primary quarter.

Connecticut confirmed no indicators of fatigue, nonetheless, following its five-game semifinals collection win in opposition to the defending champion Chicago and mounted a comeback within the second quarter to complete the half 4 factors forward whereas the Aces shot simply 3 for 15.

“Oh, I was lit,” Las Vegas head coach Becky Hammon mentioned, recalling her halftime speak after her aspect had let a lead slip, in line with ESPN. “Because everything we had talked about, we didn’t do any of it. And true to form, they just step up and do it then.

“I do not even yell in my actual life. However once you really feel so strongly about how you need to play a sure method … and you do not execute it, it is irritating. However on the finish of the day, they understand it. They’re good. They get it.”

In response, the Aces outscored Connecticut 13-3 in the third quarter to regain control of the game but carried only a slender two-point lead into the decisive fourth.

Gray then opened the scoring with a stunning 17-foot pullup jump shot to put her team four points clear with eight-and-a-half minutes remaining, continuing the point guard’s remarkable postseason in which she has averaged 24 points per game and served as the distributor for the Aces with a 41.4 assist percentage.

Despite a late flurry from Connecticut, Las Vegas held on to take a 1-0 lead in the playoff series and edge a game closer to the WNBA title.

Game 2 will take place on Wednesday where the Sun will be seeking to overturn its deficit.

“I imply, after this recreation, we have now to have quite a lot of confidence,” Thomas said, who topscored for the Sun with 19 points. “This can be a three-point recreation, and we had an opportunity to tie.

“There are some things we can clean up. Of course, we can make more shots, but overall we played a hard game.”