A'ja Wilson has 20 points, 10 rebounds as Aces defeat Sparks for 3rd straight win
Bird, Loyd lead Storm past Dream; Wings' Mabrey ties career high in win over Sky
A'ja Wilson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Las Vegas Aces closed on a 12-2 run to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 66-58 on Friday night.
Chelsea Gray added 14 points and Liz Cambage had 10 to help the Aces (13-4) remain tied with the Seattle Storm atop the WNBA standings.
Gray tied it at 56 with a 12-foot jumper and Riquna Williams made a left corner 3-pointer with 1:53 left, her first basket of the game, to make it 63-58.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/_ajawilson22?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@_ajawilson22</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cgray209?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@cgray209</a> combined for 34 PTS tonight in the Aces victory!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CountIt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CountIt</a> <a href="https://t.co/JZMhZGBUzd">pic.twitter.com/JZMhZGBUzd</a>—@WNBA
Erica Wheeler scored 15 points for the Sparks (6-10). Amanda Zahui B. had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Las Vegas had its largest lead at 46-34 in the middle of the third quarter. Los Angeles scored eight straight in the middle of the fourth to take a 56-54 lead.
Loyd's late burst helps Storm hold off Dream
Sue Bird had 15 points, Jewell Loyd scored four of her 10 points in the final 38 seconds and the Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 91-88 on Friday night.
Courtney Williams made a 3 to cut putt to Dream to 87-86 and closed it back to one with a jumper with 29.2 seconds. But Williams missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied it with two seconds left.
Bird had a pair of 3-pointers in the final four minutes for Seattle, which stayed tied with the Las Vegas Aces atop the WNBA standings.
JEWELL LOYD. TOUGHEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST.<br><br>✨🐍 <a href="https://twitter.com/jewellloyd?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jewellloyd</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CountIt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CountIt</a> <a href="https://t.co/8HYiRfTPjq">pic.twitter.com/8HYiRfTPjq</a>—@WNBA
Ezi Magbegor added 12 points, and Stephanie Talbot and Mercedes Russell added 10 points each for the Storm.
Williams had 20 points for the Dream (6-10). Crystal Bradford added 17 points, and Elizabeth Williams and Tianna Hawkin scored 10 points each.
Wings' Mabrey ties career high in win over Sky
Marina Mabrey tied a career high with 28 points and the Dallas Wings pulled away late to beat the Chicago Sky 100-91 on Friday night.
Mabrey made four of five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in the first half for the Wings (9-9).
Arike Ogunbowale added 18 points and Allisha Gray had 17 for Dallas, which scored its most points since a 105-102 overtime loss to Seattle on June 4.
Hit 5️⃣ threes - including two and-1 triples and a buzzer-beater at the half tonight!<br><br>🎯 <a href="https://twitter.com/mmabrey1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmabrey1</a> <a href="https://t.co/HgPudtqwm2">pic.twitter.com/HgPudtqwm2</a>—@WNBA
Candace Parker had 22 points and Diamond DeShields added 16 points for the Sky (10-9). Courtney Vandersloot had 10 points, six rebounds and nine assists.
The Sky led by 10 in the first quarter and the Wings led by 10 in the third. Chicago retook the lead at 78-76 on Astou Ndour-Fall's basket with 6:54 left and it stayed a one-possession game until Kayla Thornton gave the Wings a 95-91 lead on a layup with 46.4 seconds left.
The Sky beat Dallas 91-81 in the opener of the two-game series Wednesday.