Wilson scored 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Las Vegas to a 85-71 win over Connecticut Sun Tuesday night in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.
The ace was 0-6 in the Finals before they had their first two games of the series with Connecticut. Las Vegas, which won the championship in 2008 when the franchise was still in San Antonio and also in 2020, will be looking to secure the title Thursday night in Connecticut.
It’s going to take every bit of everyone,” said Gray, who added 21 points. “You can see the stats, it’s the toughness, it’s the little things you’re going to get done. We’ve been a good road team this year. So we might as well win on the road.”
Plum rebounded from the terrible first game to score 20 points.
“Aja kicked me out before the match,” Bloom said. “About the time I joined the party. They carried us all week. It’s nice to make some shots, but we have another one.”
Having held a season-low 67 points in the first game, the ace found their offensive prowess to hit 33 from 64 (51.6%) from the floor.
Connecticut, which finished 27 of 64 (42.2%) from the field, had four double-digit players, led by Courtney Williams with an 18.
Seeking to establish an attacking presence early on, both teams pushed the pace early, trading bulldozers to a 10-10 tie until the Aces picked up momentum and used an 11-4 run to open a seven-point advantage. Las Vegas hit 55% (10 of 18) off the floor in the first quarter while the sun struggled to hit 35%, reaching just 7 out of 20.
Aces continued to exert offensive pressure in the second led by Bloom, who contributed 11 in the quarter.
“I thought Kelsey’s engines opened us up,” Hamon said. “I mean, the other day we got good looks again from three. We didn’t want to wipe them out but you have to believe the worm will turn there eventually. The important thing is that we get good looks once it’s in there.”
Connecticut was 14 behind when coach Kurt Miller came up with a big lineup, and Sun responded with 12-4 to cut the difference to six before giving the Wilson Bucks a 45-37 lead in the first half.
“Getting to the places where I work, my teammates put me in a position where I feel comfortable,” Wilson said.
But Las Vegas’ offensive balance continued to be third, with five different scorers helping the ace push the lead to 14, outpacing Connecticut 23-17, 68-54 ahead of the latter.
“We felt like we were playing catch-up all night because we couldn’t tie back-to-back stops together,” Miller said. “In an effort to keep this powerful crime out of its rhythm and tonight we struggled to do so.”
While each team came out with 34 rebounds, the Aces outnumbered the Sun 6-2 with attacking panels and had better overall paint efficiency by outperforming Connecticut 46-28.
Let’s get physical
The third quarter saw both teams suffer bruises and bruises. Gray and Natisha Hedman He left the game with two sprained ankles early in the third quarter. Gray went back to the locker room but came back later. Jacky Young He suffered from a broken lip. Williams left late in the third game with an apparent lower leg injury. Hedman and Williams are back to start the fourth quarter. Young returned early in the last period.
Back against the wall
Connecticut is 3-0 in the playoffs elimination games so far this season.
“We play one game at a time,” Jones said. “That’s all we can do. We’re going home, we’ll have our fans behind us, who have been with us all season, and we’re going to use that to push us to victory and that’s all we can do.”
ABC recorded the first-most-watched WNBA Finals game in five years, with 555,000 viewers, and a peak viewership of 872,000. It was an 18% increase over the first game in the 2021 WNBA Finals.
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