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Wilson's game-winner nudges Aces past Liberty

Field Level Media
10 Aug 2020, 09:40 GMT+10

A'ja Wilson scored on a short jumper from the right side of the lane with 6.9 seconds remaining and the Las Vegas Aces, who led for only the second time in the game, escaped with a 78-76 victory against the New York Liberty on Sunday at Bradenton, Fla.

Wilson finished with 31 points and powered the Aces to their fourth win in a row. The only other time Las Vegas led was briefly in the second quarter.

New York's Kia Nurse missed a potential winning 3-point shot in the waning seconds and then rookie Leaonna Odom's would-be tying basket came after the buzzer.

Wilson shot 10-for-17 from the field and connected on 11 of 12 free throws. The rest of the Aces' starters combined for 14 points.

Jackie Young's 15 points and Dearica Hamby's 13 points also boosted Las Vegas.

Amanda Zahui B poured in 20 points, Layshia Clarendon tallied 15 points and Joyner Holmes had 11 points for the Liberty, which was held to 32 second-half points.

Zahui B made 6-of-9 3-point launches, with the rest of the team going 4-for-19.

The Liberty was trying to win its second game in a row after beginning the season on a five-game losing streak.

Angel McCoughtry's basket for the Aces tied the game at 76-76 with 1:12 to play. It was the first time they had pulled even in the fourth quarter.

The Liberty scored the last five points of the second quarter to lead 44-37 at halftime. Zahui B had four 3s by the break, though the rest of the team was 1-for-9 on 3-point attempts through the first half.

The Aces were without a first-half 3-pointer, going 0-for-4 from long range. Wilson and Hamby combined to shoot 8-for-11, overall, in the first half, with the rest of the team 7-for-23.

The Liberty built a 10-point lead in the first quarter. That vanished when Young's basket put the Aces ahead 30-28 early in the second quarter. Las Vegas didn't lead again until the final seconds.

New York played without rookie guard Sabrina Ionescu, the WNBA's top draft pick in the spring, because of an ankle sprain.

--Field Level Media

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