Aces survive upset bid by lowly Dream
Kelsey Plum's pullup jumper with 15.8 seconds left Tuesday night enabled the host Las Vegas Aces to hold off the Atlanta Dream 94-90.
It was just the fourth shot and ninth point for Plum, but the Aces (17-9) had plenty of other offense. Dearica Hamby scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the way, while Liz Cambage contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kayla McBride chipped in 21 points and Jackie Young added 17.
Five players scored in double figures for Atlanta (5-20), led by Jessica Breland's 18 points. She also finished with nine rebounds. Brittney Sykes and reserve Marie Gulich each added 15 points, while Tiffany Hayes and Alex Bentley netted 10 points apiece.
Las Vegas opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run, but couldn't put the Dream away until McBride made two foul shots with 7.9 seconds on the clock for a six-point lead. The Aces were outscored from the field, but they were able to make 25 of 32 free throws, as compared with Atlanta's 17 of 21. The Aces also won the rebounding battle 42-36.
Atlanta entered the game with the WNBA's worst record, but its offense controlled most of the first three quarters. Las Vegas roared out to leads of 15-4 and 25-12 in the first 6 1/2 minutes, but the Dream closed with a 12-2 run, trailing just 27-24 after a quarter when Bentley hit three foul shots.
Atlanta took its first lead less than a minute into the second quarter and kept converting shots. When Bentley set up Breland for a 19-foot jumper from the right wing as time expired in the half, the Dream led 49-43.
The Aces reeled Atlanta in over the first seven minutes of the third period, leading 68-67 after McBride sank a floater in the lane. But the visitors again finished a quarter with a burst. Nia Coffey's 3-pointer capped an 8-2 spurt to end the period and give the Dream a 75-70 advantage.
--Field Level Media
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