The Las Vegas Aces beat the Seattle Storm in a dramatic 110-98 extra time victory to win Game 3 and take a 2-1 lead of their WNBA playoff sequence.
But it surely was a outstanding, record-breaking ending to regulation time that can make this contest go down as an all-time nice in league historical past.
Trailing by 4 factors with simply over 11 seconds remaining, Las Vegas sharpshooter Riquna Williams hit an enormous three-pointer to shut to deficit earlier than the Storm’s Tina Charles missed two free throws, permitting Aces star A’ja Wilson to attain a layup and provides the Aces a one-point lead with lower than three seconds remaining.
Then the actual drama started.
Retiring WNBA legend Sue Chicken – who contributed 17 factors and eight assists in 43 minutes of motion – hit a nook three-pointer to place the Storm again up by two with 1.8 seconds left on the clock, just for Jackie Younger to make a buzzer-beating layup to tie the sport and take it to extra time.
It was the primary time in WNBA historical past that three go-ahead or game-tying buckets have been scored within the last three seconds of a recreation.
The Aces – led by Wilson’s 34 factors and 11 rebounds and Chelsea Grey’s 29 factors and 12 assists – then comfortably pulled away from a visibly deflated Storm in extra time to maneuver to inside one win of the WNBA Finals within the best-of-five sequence.
”That was a hell of a recreation,” Aces coach Becky Hammon stated after the sport, per the WNBA. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been part of one thing like that.
“The back-and-forth and the battle – big shot after big shot from both sides, really. That was just really high-level basketball … [from] both sides.”
Chicken, who introduced earlier this season that she could be retiring on the finish of the 12 months, was left ruing her crew’s incapability to see out the sport with so little left on the clock.
“We were up four with not a lot of time left and that’s really to me is where we lost the game,” Chicken stated, per ESPN. “Letting them take the lead – they in all probability scored 5 factors in three seconds?
“That, to me, is where we really let this one go. I understand the last plays are going to stick out because they’re dramatic and exciting and I’m sure it was great TV, but we were up four.”
The Aces and Storm face off once more in Game 4 on Tuesday.