Las Vegas Aces: First Back-to-Back WNBA Champions in Two Decades

In a thrilling Game 4 showdown against the New York Liberty, the Las Vegas Aces clinched their second consecutive WNBA championship with a narrow 70-69 victory. This achievement marked a historic milestone, making the Aces the first team to repeat as champions since the Los Angeles Sparks achieved this feat back in 2001-2002.

Despite facing the challenge of playing without key players Chelsea Gray and Kiah Stokes, both sidelined due to foot injuries sustained in Game 3, the Aces rallied and emerged triumphant. Star forward A’ja Wilson delivered a standout performance, recording 24 points and an impressive 16 rebounds, while guard Jackie Young added 16 points and seven assists.

The New York Liberty, led by 2023 MVP forward Breanna Stewart and the talented guard Sabrina Ionescu, started the game strong, taking an early 23-13 lead after the first quarter. However, Las Vegas mounted a formidable comeback.

In the closing moments of the fourth quarter, with just 8.8 seconds left and trailing by one point, the Liberty’s Courtney Vandersloot had a chance to force a decisive Game 5 with a buzzer-beater but narrowly missed, sealing the Aces’ victory. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, bore witness to the jubilant Aces players celebrating their hard-fought win.

A’ja Wilson was deservedly named the WNBA Finals MVP and expressed her gratitude to her teammates, crediting them with helping her “find her strength” throughout the series. She emphasized the camaraderie and resilience that defined the Aces’ journey to the championship.

Head coach Becky Hammon also shared her confidence in the team, stating that she unwaveringly believed in every player in the locker room. Her unwavering support and belief in the team’s abilities were key to their success.

The Las Vegas Aces’ back-to-back WNBA championship victory stands as a testament to their determination, teamwork, and unwavering spirit.


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