Aces claim 1st WNBA championship behind Chelsea Gray’s 20 points

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The Las Vegas Aces closed the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals Sunday and won his first-ever championship in franchise history.

Behind Chelsea Gray’s 20 points, A’ja Wilson’s double-double and a timely three-pointer from Riquna Williams, the Aces won Game 4, 78-71, at Mohegan Sun and avoided having to return to Las Vegas for a Game 5 win-win.

Gray added six assists and five rebounds to his tally. She was 9 of 13 in the field. Wilson had 11 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

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A'ja Wilson (22) of the Las Vegas Aces reacts after being fouled during the first half of Game 4 of the WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 29 2019. 18, 2022.

A’ja Wilson (22) of the Las Vegas Aces reacts after being fouled during the first half of Game 4 of the WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 29 2019. 18, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Chelsea Gray (12) of the Las Vegas Aces goes up for a basket against the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 29, 2019. 18, 2022.

Chelsea Gray (12) of the Las Vegas Aces goes up for a basket against the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 29, 2019. 18, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Williams contributed 17 points off the bench. With about 6:38 remaining in the game, Williams hit a three-pointer in the corner – his fifth of the game – and put the Aces up five points.

Kelsey Plum had 15 points, three assists and three steals. Jackie Young added 13 points with eight assists and five rebounds.

Las Vegas shot 45% from the field and made 10 three-pointers as a team.

Gray was named the WNBA Finals MVP. She averaged 18.3 points and 6 assists per game.

Connecticut misses another chance at a WNBA championship. The Suns are 0-4 in Finals history.

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Courtney Williams had 17 points and six rebounds.

Alyssa Thomas, who had the first triple-double in WNBA Finals history in Game 3, had another triple-double on Sunday. She had 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces, top, and Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun battle for possession during the second half of Game 4 of the WNBA Finals in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 29, 2019. 18, 2022 .

Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces, top, and Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun battle for possession during the second half of Game 4 of the WNBA Finals in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 29, 2019. 18, 2022 .
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Las Vegas had missed out on a title in 2020 as the team went 18-4 in the coronavirus-hit season. The team lost to the Seattle Storm. In 2008 the team was known as the San Antonio Silver Stars and they lost in the Finals to the Detroit Shock.

Becky Hammon, a key member of that Silver Stars team, turned around and became the head coach of the Aces this season. She lands a ring as a head coach.

Aces team owner Mark Davis was on hand for the game. I skipped the Las Vegas Raiders home opener against the Arizona Cardinals to see his team win the hardware.

Las Vegas Aces owner Mark Davis watches the team warm up before Game 4 of the WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 29.  18, 2022.

Las Vegas Aces owner Mark Davis watches the team warm up before Game 4 of the WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 29. 18, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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The Las Vegas franchise was previously known as Utah Starzz, San Antonio Silver Stars, and later San Antonio Stars. The team moved from San Antonio to Las Vegas in 2018.