Aces shut out Liberty in thrilling Game 4: How Las Vegas won its second straight WNBA title | ET REALITY


The Las Vegas Aces captured their second straight WNBA title on Wednesday, coming from behind to defeat the New York Liberty 70-69 on the road in Game 4. Here’s what you need to know:

  • After trailing 39-30 at halftime, Las Vegas rallied to outscore New York 23-12 in the third quarter. The Liberty responded in the fourth, but Courtney Vandersloot’s potential game-winning jumper fell short in the final seconds.
  • Aces star forward A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 24 points and 16 rebounds en route to 2023 WNBA Finals MVP honors, while guard Jackie Young added 16 points.
  • Las Vegas is the first team to win back-to-back WNBA titles since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-2002.
  • The Aces closed the series 3-1 despite being without starters Chelsea Gray and Kiah Stokes, who sat out Game 4 with foot injuries.

Aces bottled up in Liberty’s frontcourt

New York entered this series with the regular season MVP and had the most dominant player through the first three games in Jonquel Jones. Neither player had an effective performance in Game 4. Breanna Stewart shot 3 of 17 from the field and missed a disturbingly open 3-pointer with her team trailing 68-64 that could have changed the tenor of the final minute. Meanwhile, Wilson effectively kept Jones off the scoresheet: New York could barely get him the ball, and when Jones did manage to get the ball in, he was smothered by the defensive player of the year. — Sabreena Merchant, women’s basketball writer

A disappointing end to the New York season

It was Vandersloot who hit the final shot of the 2023 WNBA Finals: an aerial, giving the Aces a 70-69 victory in Game 4. Although the crowd at Barclays Center applauded the team as they left , there were no recognitions. of the Liberty players as they retreated to the locker room. New York shot just 36.1 from the field, with Stewart and Jones combining to shoot just 6 of 25 from the field and scoring just 16 points. A below-average third quarter plagued them once again. It was a surprising end to Liberty’s season, and an abrupt one: an end that came for a Las Vegas team that was losing two of its top six players. — Ben Pickman, women’s basketball writer

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