A’ja Wilson, Chelsea Gray and the Aces take a commanding 2-0 lead over Sun

LAS VEGAS — It was bodily, it was quick and it was precisely what the Las Vegas Aces wanted as the WNBA Finals shifted to Connecticut.

The No. 1-seeded Aces bullied their option to a 85-71 win over the No. 3 Connecticut Sun on Tuesday in Game 2 at Michelob Ultra Arena to take a 2-0 sequence lead. Game 3 is Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Connecticut. Since the WNBA moved to a best-of-five Finals format, each group that has taken a 2-0 sequence lead has swept its option to a title.

A’ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray continued their torrid postseason streak. Wilson had one other double-double with 26 factors and 10 rebounds. Gray had 21 factors, eight assists and three steals. She briefly left the recreation in the second half with what gave the impression to be an ankle harm after hitting the court docket onerous beneath the basket. She returned shortly after and was a main think about the Aces’ dominant win.

Jackie Young additionally sustained an harm when she received hit with an inadvertent elbow to the face that drew blood. Officials missed the name in the scramble for the free ball.

The Aces flew up and down the court docket, pushing the tempo in opposition to a Sun group recognized to muck it up defensively and preserve the scoring low. Instead, the Aces performed their model of basketball and scored in troves.

A recreation after Kelsey Plum failed to attain till the closing quarter, she got here out with a objective in Game 2. She completed with 20 factors and seven assists. Dearica Hamby’s presence continued to be huge for the Aces.

The recreation began a huge ominous as the groups appeared uncertain of what hope to start out on after the opening tip.

A back-and-forth first quarter swung in the Aces’ favor after a timeout with the rating tied at 14-14. Hamby and Riquna Williams entered the recreation for the Aces, who rattled off seven factors whereas the Sun turned the ball over twice in the span. From there, any time the Sun made a run, the Aces had a solution.

Jonquel Jones led the Sun with 16 factors and 11 rebounds, and Courtney Williams had 18 factors and 5 assists. DeWanna Bonner has struggled offensively this season and was 1 of 9 from the subject Tuesday.

Las Vegas Aces guard Chelsea Gray (12) drives in opposition to Connecticut Sun ahead Alyssa Thomas (25) throughout the first half in Game 2 of a WNBA basketball closing playoff sequence Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

WNBA Finals schedule

Game 1: Las Vegas 67, Connecticut 64

Game 2: Las Vegas 85, Connecticut 71 (Aces lead, 2-0)

Game 3: Las Vegas at Connecticut, 9 p.m. ET Thursday (ESPN)

Game 4: Las Vegas at Connecticut, 4 pm ET Sunday (ESPN)*

Game 5: Connecticut at Las Vegas, 9 p.m. ET Sept. 20 (ESPN)*

* — if vital

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