(Photo : Sarah Stier/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Kelsey Plum (#10) of the Las Vegas Aces holds the trophy whereas celebrating along with her group after defeating the New York Liberty throughout Game Four of the 2023 WNBA Finals at Barclays Center on October 18, 2023 in New York City. The Aces defeated the Liberty 70-69.
The Las Vegas Aces have clinched their second WNBA championship in-a-row on the expense of the New York Liberty, however not earlier than a tense defensive possession that just about despatched the championship collection to a deciding Game 5.
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During Game 4 on the Barclays Center on Wednesday, October 17, with simply 8.8 seconds remaining within the fourth quarter and trailing by one level, the Liberty had possession of the ball, presenting a chance to steal the victory.
Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu inbounded the ball to the reigning WNBA Most Valuable Player, Breanna Stewart, who confronted immense defensive strain from Aces ahead Alysha Clark.
As a outcome, Stewart handed the ball to ahead Betnijah Laney, who kicked it out to the nook, making a wide-open search for guard Courtney Vandersloot.
Unfortunately, the veteran guard overshot the game-winning try, airballing a three-pointer because the buzzer sounded, prompting celebration from Las Vegas gamers.
Aces attain milestone not achieved in 20 years
The Aces turned the primary group to repeat as WNBA champions in over 20 years for the reason that Los Angeles Sparks received back-to-back in 2001 and 2002.
Aces ahead A’ja Wilson was named WNBA Finals MVP for the primary time in her profession, marking a crowning second after lacking out on the season MVP by just a few factors to Stewart a month in the past.
“We leaned on each other so much at this time. We fought through so much adversity throughout the season. … We came out on top. I can’t express how proud I am of my teammates,” Wilson stated.
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