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FSM Essential Recap: Aces win Commissioner’s Cup Championship

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Las Vegas Aces (20-8)  |  Chicago Sky (21-7)

*Note: The outcome of this game did not have an impact on either team’s regular-season record.

 

The Las Vegas Aces earned the title of 2022 Commissioner’s Cup champions after defeating the Chicago Sky 93-83 at Wintrust Arena. The Aces led from start to finish and got a complete team effort on both ends of the court. Continue reading for the recap of the event.

 

Aces vs. Sky
Photo Credit: Las Vegas Aces

A certain vibe arrives with the Chicago Sky when they enter an arena. There’s a particular poise; that of a veteran team who has “been there and done that” before. There’s confidence outwardly shown by players like Candace Parker and Kahleah Copper that rubs off on the rest of the team. And then, from head coach James Wade down to Dana Evans, the championship DNA is ever-present. 

The Las Vegas Aces learned the hard way about the makeup of the Chicago Sky on June 21st when they built up a 28-point lead at Michelob ULTRA Arena and watched it slowly and painfully slip away.

A little over a month later, on July 26th, the Aces found themselves in a similar situation. They’d grown a 23-point first-half lead in the Commissioner’s Cup Championship game behind an incredible display of first-quarter offense, only to see their lead reduced to seven points as the third quarter neared its conclusion. For a moment, it looked as though June 21st was happening all over again, but this time, with Commissioner’s Cup prize money on the line.

Aces vs. Sky
Photo Credit: Las Vegas Aces

But Vegas had other plans. Determined not to see the game go as south as it could have, Kelsey Plum isolated along the perimeter and let a 24-foot lefty 3-pointer fly, which found the bottom of the net to momentarily stop the bleeding and give the Aces a 10-point cushion going into the final frame. The three, one of six from Plum, was hardly the only big shot of the night. Each time the Sky appeared to have a grasp on the game, Plum was there to get a timely bucket. So was A’ja Wilson. So was Jackie Young. And so was Chelsea Gray, whose 19 points and five assists were enough to earn the MVP honors of the game.

Each Aces starter was phenomenal on both ends of the court, with the defense being as impressive as it had been in quite some time. Third quarter aside, Chicago mostly struggled to find consistency in its offensive attack. The Sky‘s 40.5 shooting from the field and 6/30 mark from beyond the arc ultimately cost them the Cup.

KEY PERFORMERS:

A’ja Wilson (Aces) – 17 PTS, 17 REBS, 2 ASTS, 2 STLS, 6 BLKS, 1/2 3PT

Kelsey Plum (Aces) – 24 PTS, 6 ASTS, 2 REBS, 2 STLs, 6/9 3PT

Chelsea Gray (Aces) – 19 PTS, 4 REBS, 5 ASTS, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2/4 3PT

Candace Parker (Sky) – 20 PTS, 14 REBS, 4 ASTS, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3/7 3PT

Emma Meesseman (Sky) – 18 PTS, 4 REBS, 3 ASTS, 1 STL, 1/4 3PT

 

Las Vegas will head back to Las Vegas with extra hardware and extra money. The Aces will resume regular-season play on Friday, July 29th, when they face the last-place Indiana Fever in Indianapolis. Be sure to tune into NBA TV at 4 pm PST to follow the action live, and then make your way back here for a game recap.

 

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