The Las Vegas Aces led from wire-to-wire in dominating fashion Wednesday night, and are one win away from becoming the first back-to-back champions in 21 years after downing the New York Liberty 104-76 in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals. It was a true team effort that saw A’ja Wilson lead with 26 points and 15 rebounds; Jackie Young finish with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists; Kelsey Plum contribute 23 points and 8 assists; Chelsea Gray record her first Finals double-double with 14 points and 11 assists; and Kiah Stokes score a 2023-high 8 points and grab 7 boards. Jonquel Jones led the Liberty with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The Aces lead the best-of-5 series 2-0 which has historically been an insurmountable advantage. There have been 17 5-game series in WNBA postseason history in which one team has won the first 2 games. All 17 of those teams have gone on to win the series—13 via a sweep, 3 in 4 games, and 1 who got pushed to a decisive Game 5.
The Aces’ 104 points is a franchise record for points in a Finals game, eclipsing the record of 99 points scored against the Liberty in Game 1 of the 2023 Finals.
The 12 assists by the Aces in the first quarter tied the single-quarter Finals record set by Connecticut against Las Vegas on September 15, 2022.
The Aces have won 8-straight playoff games, which is tied for the 3rd longest streak in WNBA history (9, Los Angeles, 2001-2002; Minnesota, 2013-2014).
Gray, who collected her 4th playoff double-double (14 points, 11 assists) set the franchise Finals single-game assists record (10, Danielle Robinson vs Seattle, Oct. 4, 2020).
Wilson collected her 16th playoff double-double (26 points, 15 rebounds), which ranks tied for 7th in W playoff history with DeWanna Bonner.
Wilson (26 points) has scored in double figures 30 of 35 playoff games, including 20+ points 16 times.
Gray moved into 5th place in the WNBA’s career postseason assists chart with 11 dimes today, and she now has 263 for her playoff career. She is also now tied for 2nd in WNBA history for most assists in the finals with 87. This marked the 7th time Gray dished out 9 or more assists in a playoff game.