A’ja Wilson scored 29 points to raise the journeying Las Vegas Aces to an 89-eighty one victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday in Sue Bird’s very last regular-season home recreation.
Wilson made 13 of 24 photographs from the ground and brought six rebounds to assist the Aces (23-10) forestall their first 3-game losing skid of the season. Las Vegas remained two games in the back of the first-place Chicago Sky, which published a ninety four-91 win over the Connecticut Sun in advance on Sunday.
Kelsey Plum scored 9 of her 16 points within the third area earlier than efficaciously sealing the win with a three-pointer overdue within the fourth. Chelsea Gray and Jackie Young each scored 15 factors inside the win.
Breanna Stewart scored a season-excessive 35 points to eclipse her preceding first-rate of 33, set in Seattle’s 89-seventy seven win over the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday. Stewart additionally had 10 rebounds and Tina Charles delivered 19 factors and 9 forums for the Storm (20-thirteen), who have misplaced 5 in their closing 8 video games.
Bird, who finished with 9 factors and 6 assists, has played her whole 19-yr WNBA career with Seattle. A four-time WNBA champion and thirteen-time All-Star, Bird previously introduced that she will retire on the cease of the season.
Bird became emotional after being venerated previous to the sport with video tributes from numerous gamers. Mayor Bruce Harrell also declared Sunday as “Sue Bird Day” in Seattle.
A franchise-document 18,one hundred enthusiasts attended Sunday’s game at Climate Pledge Arena. It’s also the largest attendance for a WNBA recreation this season.
Stewart sank a 3-pointer to trim Las Vegas’ lead to 81-seventy seven with 2:35 to play, but Young responded with a layup at the opposite quit.
Gray, who went over three,000 points for her career inside the 2d region, sank a brief jumper to push the benefit to eight earlier than Bird’s layup with 54.5 seconds to play.
Plum ended any thoughts of a comeback by sinking a three-pointer with 33.7 seconds final.