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Can anyone stop the Las Vegas Aces? A look at their dominating 80-66 road victory over the Lynx

Updated: May 31

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The Las Vegas Aces secured a convincing 80-66 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday evening, propelled by standout performances from A'ja Wilson and Jackie Young. Wilson recorded a double-double with 29 points and 15 rebounds, while Young added her own double-double with 19 points and 10 assists. The Aces pulled away in the fourth quarter with an 18-5 run, transforming a tight contest into a decisive win. This victory elevated the Aces to second place in the WNBA standings.

Wilson's performance was particularly notable as she achieved her fifth consecutive game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, breaking the previous WNBA record of four straight 20-10 games held by Sylvia Fowles, Tina Charles, and Glory Johnson.

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In a tightly contested first quarter, neither the Aces nor the Lynx led by more than 4 points. Wilson spearheaded all scorers with 8 points, while Napheesa Collier and Cecilia Zandalasini each contributed 6 points for the Lynx. Collier also dominated the boards, securing 8 rebounds—outrebounding the entire Aces team, which managed just 7 rebounds in the quarter. Jackie Young ignited the second quarter for the Aces by scoring the first 5 points, extending their run to 7-0 dating back to the end of the first quarter and giving them a 23-16 lead. The Aces maintained a seven-point advantage with 8:10 remaining until halftime, but the Minnesota Lynx responded with a 10-2 run to reclaim the lead at 31-30. However, Las Vegas closed the quarter on an 8-0 run, marking their largest lead of the game at 43-34, while holding the Lynx scoreless for the final 3:01. The Aces dominated the paint, outscoring the Lynx 12-4 in the period.

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The Aces maintained a 9-point lead at 56-47 with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter, but the Lynx rallied with a 7-0 run. However, the Aces responded by scoring the final 5 points of the period. Las Vegas shot efficiently, going 7 for 14 from the field, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc, but struggled with ball control, committing 6 turnovers that Minnesota converted into 11 points. Conversely, the Lynx were perfect from the free-throw line, hitting 7 of 7, while the Aces managed just 2 of 5.

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The fourth-quarter was not anything pretty for the Minnesota Lynx as they could not get anything going, and the Las Vegas Aces took full control of this matchup and the victory.

The Las Vegas Aces continue their first road trip of the season as they head to Atlanta, as they take on the Dream on Friday afternoon.

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