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The NEVADA Aces survived a hardcore challenge from the Connecticut Sun in Game hands down the 2022 WNBA Finals, earning a 67-64 win Sunday at Michelob Ultra Arena in NEVADA.
A’ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray led just how for the Aces. Wilson dropped a double-double, scoring 24 points and collecting 11 rebounds. Gray chipped in with 11 points and provided a lifeline for a NEVADA offense that shot 39.7 percent from the ground.
DeWanna Bonner had a chance to tie the overall game in the ultimate seconds but watched her three-point attempt hit leading rim.
In the initial two rounds, the Aces simply overwhelmed the Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm. Per WNBA.com, they led all teams in postseason offensive rating (114.7) and true shooting percentage (61.5) entering Sunday.
But stout defense is a hallmark of sunlight under head coach Curt Miller. Connecticut succeeded in stifling NEVADA and slowing the pace of Game 1.
Still, it wasn’t enough to avoid the average person brilliance of Gray and the post presence of Wilson.
For Gray, Game 1 continued among the hottest-shooting postseasons ever in the WNBA.
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Per @ESPNStatsInfo: Chelsea Gray is 7-9 on contested FG, 0-2 on uncontested FG, due to course she actually is
Wilson, meanwhile, accepted her MVP trophy prior to the game and showed why she collected the league’s highest individual honor.
A’JA WILSON ARISES BIG WITH A BLOCK AND A BUCKET pic.twitter.com/kcXjGm3ry6
SUNLIGHT have time and energy to right the ship in the best-of-five series. The difficulty for Miller and his staff is that so much went right Sunday, but Connecticut is nevertheless looking at an 0-1 deficit.
Kelsey Plum shot 1-of-9 from the field and 1-of-7 from long range. Gray had three turnovers. NEVADA as a team recorded just eight assists. SUNLIGHT could possibly be in serious trouble if the No. 1 seed starts resembling the very best & most lethal team in the WNBA again.
The Aces and Sun will go back to the court Tuesday for Game 2.