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Las Vegas Aces Take Down Mercury To Stay Alive In Semi-finals..

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By: Donetta Coleman

Las Vegas Aces Take Down Mercury To Stay Alive In Semi-finals..

The Las Vegas Aces found themselves in a unfamiliar position, down two games to one in the best of five series and facing elimination from the playoffs.

The Mercury had their way versus the Aces in game two and three, cruising to blowout victories and moved one game closer to another WNBA Finals appreance.

The Mercury continued to have their way to start game three, opening the first quarter with an 11-2 run. Shay Peddy came off the bench seeming unstoppable as she led all scorers with 11 point, helping to give the Mercury a 29-24 led to end the first quarter.

Phoenix’s momentum appeared to dwindle when Kia Nurse went down with a knee injury, shifting the pace for the Aces.
The Aces opened the second quarter on a 15-7 run, and took their first lead of the game 35-34 on a three pointer from Chelsea Gray. Gray was briefly sidelined in the second due to foul trouble, but still managed to score 10 points to led all scorers. The Aces stepped their defense up and held the Mercury to 29.2 percent shooting from the field and extended their lead to 49-46 at half-time.

The Aces dominated the the third quarter, scoring 24 straight points, which is the second longest scoring run in WNBA playoff history. The Mercury were held to just nine points in the quarter, as the Aces built their biggest lead of the game 78-57 en route to their 93-76 victory.

The “Point Gawd” Chelsea Gray carried the Aces, finishing with 22 points, and six assist to lead all scorers. Six Women Of The Year, Kelsey Plum added 20 points off the bench and A’ja Wilson had 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Aces.

Skylar Diggins-Smith and Diana Taurasi led Phoenix with 14 points each, while Brittany Griner was held to just 13 points.

The Aces win ties the series at two games apiece, and sets up a winner takes all game five in Las Vegas Friday evening.

The Mercury could be without Diana Tauasi for game five, as she’s awaiting the birth of her second child that is due any day.

The winner of game five will take on the Chicago Sky in a best of five series for the WNBA Championship.

Written by: Ashton Ridley

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