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Aces Go Up Double-Digits Early, Can’t Hold On as Sparks Win, 96-92



LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2024)—The Las Vegas Aces (5-4) scored the first 14 points of the game Sunday evening, but they couldn’t hold on to the lead as the Los Angeles Sparks (4-7) edged the Aces 96-92. The result improves the Sparks’ record in Commissioner’s Cup play to 2-2, while dropping the Aces to 1-2. A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 31 points and Kelsey Plum added 24 for the Aces, while Dearica Hamby paced the Sparks with 18.

First Quarter Highlights (Las Vegas 26, Los Angeles 21)

The Aces scored the first 14 points of the game and eventually extended their lead to 15 points, 22-7. Plum scored 6 points in the opening 14-point run, while Wilson added 5. The Sparks scored 21 of the final 33 points of the quarter to close to within 5. Plum led all scorers with 10, while Dearica Hamby and Aari McDonald paced the Sparks with 7 each. Las Vegas made 4 of 10 of its shots from distance while Los Angeles went 2 for 7.

Second Quarter Highlights (Las Vegas 44, Los Angeles 43)

The Sparks cut the Aces advantage to one with 7:33 to go in the 1st half, and took their first lead of the game with 6:21 on the clock. Rickea Jackson led all scorers with 9 in the stanza, while Wilson led Las Vegas with 8. The Sparks outscored the Aces in second chance points, 9-0, and in the paint, 12-6.

Third Quarter Highlights (Los Angeles 74, Las Vegas 65)

Los Angeles tied the score on 2 occasions early in the period, and went up 6, 52-46, with 7:02 on the clock. LA extended its lead to as many as 10, ending the period with a 9-point advantage. The Sparks shot 8 for 17 from the field, 3 for 4 from 3-point range, and 12 for 14 from the free throw line, while the Aces went 6 for 14 from the floor 1 for 2 from distance, and 8 for 8 from the charity stripe.

Fourth Quarter Highlights (Los Angeles 96, Las Vegas 92)

Las Vegas used an early 11-0 run to turn a 78-71 deficit into an 82-78 lead with 4:24 remaining. The Sparks countered by scoring 8-straight to regain the lead, and never trailed the rest of the way. Jackson and Rae Burrell each scored 7 in the period to lead Los Angeles, while Wilson scored 9 to lead Las Vegas. The Aces didn’t commit any turnovers in the period, while turning 5 Sparks’ miscues into 8 points.