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Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 746
Surging Aces open two-game road series with Sparks
A Las Vegas Aces team with serious title aspirations will reach the midway point of their regular season on the road Wednesday against the Los Angeles Sparks.
At 11-4, the Aces are just a half game behind the defending champion Seattle Storm for best record in the league and are on a roll with victories in six of their last seven games.
Las Vegas already feels championship-worthy after its 95-92 overtime victory over the Storm on Sunday. The Aces finished the season series against the Storm with a 2-1 advantage.
"I think, come All-Star break, we're really going to have a good handle on who we are," Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said about the upcoming season pause in two weeks. "And then we'll make some minor adjustments going forward."
A'ja Wilson scored 22 points for the Aces in Sunday's game as she reached double figures for the 45th consecutive contest. Wilson also had 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double.
Chelsea Gray added 21 points and Kelsey Plum added 15. Gray had 10 points in the fourth quarter alone against the Storm as Las Vegas erased a six-point deficit midway through the period.
The Sparks, who also will play host to the Aces on Friday, have won just once in their last four games and are 2-5 going back to June 10. Los Angeles will enter off an 88-79 road defeat to the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday.
The Sparks (6-8) are just 1-6 against Western Conference teams and are in last place in the conference.
The short-handed Sparks have been playing without Nneka Ogwumike (knee sprain) for the past nine games and have been without Chiney Ogwumike (knee soreness) the past 11.
Los Angeles played a tight first half with the Mercury before they were outscored 22-12 in the third quarter. Phoenix's Diana Taurasi was making her return from a cracked sternum and scored 25 points.
Erica Wheeler had 21 points for the Sparks, while Te'a Cooper had 20, but Los Angeles was outrebounded 44-31 with just eight players available.
"They're becoming a closer, more connected team, continuing to fight for one another and play for one another," Sparks coach Derek Fisher said. "Those are things that we can build on as hopefully we can get healthier."
The Sparks did waive center Kristine Anigwe and guard Bria Holmes on Monday ahead of the guaranteed contract deadline, a sign that roster reinforcements could be on the way.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 29, 2021