Aces wrap up No. 1 playoff seed with 109-100 win over Storm

  • Las Vegas Aces guard Sydney Colson, left, autographs a stuffed animal for Calvin Heuer, center, as his mother Megan Heuer, upper right, looks on before a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas Aces guard Sydney Colson, left, autographs a stuffed animal for Calvin Heuer, center, as his mother Megan Heuer, upper right, looks on before a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) defends Las Vegas Aces guard Riquna Williams (2) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas.

    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) defends Las Vegas Aces guard Riquna Williams (2) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) smiles while heading to the bench during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Las Vegas Aces, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas.

    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) smiles while heading to the bench during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Las Vegas Aces, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young, center, cuts between Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd, left, and forward Breanna Stewart (30) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young, center, cuts between Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd, left, and forward Breanna Stewart (30) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

  • Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird gets a hug from Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after a WNBA basketball game against the Las Vegas Aces, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. It was Bird's final regular season WNBA game.

    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird gets a hug from Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after a WNBA basketball game against the Las Vegas Aces, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. It was Bird's final regular season WNBA game. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum, right, drives against Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum, right, drives against Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum (10) pumps her fist after scoring during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum (10) pumps her fist after scoring during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces chief business development officer Jennifer Azzi, left, and A'ja Wilson, right, present a custom leather jacket to Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird before a WNBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. The game was Bird's final regular-season WNBA game.

    Las Vegas Aces chief business development officer Jennifer Azzi, left, and A'ja Wilson, right, present a custom leather jacket to Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird before a WNBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. The game was Bird's final regular-season WNBA game. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces mascot Buckets performs during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas Aces mascot Buckets performs during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces guard Chelsea Gray is fouled by Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart, behind, during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas Aces guard Chelsea Gray is fouled by Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart, behind, during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

  • Las Vegas Aces guard Kierstan Bell (1) celebrates with teammates during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas Aces guard Kierstan Bell (1) celebrates with teammates during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/14/2022 6:45 PM

LAS VEGAS -- Chelsea Gray had 33 points, seven rebounds and nine assists and Las Vegas wrapped up the best regular-season record in the WNBA, defeating Seattle 109-100 in a regular-season finale on Sunday.

Kelsey Plum, who had 23 points for the Aces, scored seven points in the final minute. Her 3-pointer with 58 seconds left put Las Vegas up by six and she added two more field goals as the Aces (26-10) clinched the top seed in the playoffs.

 

Seattle's Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 38 points that included 8 of 14 from 3-point distance. The Storm (22-14) made 18 3-pointers.

A'Ja Wilson had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Aces and Riquna Williams scored 11 points. Gray was 10-for-15 from the field and 11-for-11 from the free throw line where the Aces made 20 of 24 as a team. Seattle was 6-for-7 from the line.

Breanna Stewart had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Storm and Gabby Williams added 11 points.

Briann January's 3-pointer with about two minutes left in the third quarter put the Storm up by 10 before Las Vegas closed the period with a 12-0 run to lead 78-76 heading to the fourth.

Las Vegas defeated Chicago and Seattle in consecutive games to clinch the top playoff spot, having defeated the defending champion Sky 89-78 on Thursday.

Seattle was already assured of the No. 4 seed and will open the playoffs at home against No. 5 Washington on Thursday.

The Aces' opening-round opponent will be eighth-seeded Phoenix, with the series beginning Wednesday in Las Vegas.

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