The Las Vegas Aces bushed the Seattle Storm successful a melodramatic 110-98 overtime triumph to triumph Game 3 and instrumentality a 2-1 pb successful their WNBA playoff series.
But it was a remarkable, record-breaking ending to regularisation clip that volition marque this contention spell down arsenic an all-time large successful league history.
Trailing by 4 points with conscionable implicit 11 seconds remaining, Las Vegas sharpshooter Riquna Williams deed a immense three-pointer to adjacent to shortage earlier the Storm’s Tina Charles missed 2 escaped throws, allowing Aces prima A’ja Wilson to people a layup and springiness the Aces a one-point pb with little than 3 seconds remaining.
Then the existent play began.
Retiring WNBA fable Sue Bird – who contributed 17 points and 8 assists successful 43 minutes of enactment – deed a country three-pointer to enactment the Storm backmost up by 2 with 1.8 seconds near connected the clock, lone for Jackie Young to marque a buzzer-beating layup to necktie the crippled and instrumentality it to overtime.
It was the archetypal clip successful WNBA past that 3 go-ahead oregon game-tying buckets were scored successful the last 3 seconds of a game.
The Aces – led by Wilson’s 34 points and 11 rebounds and Chelsea Gray’s 29 points and 12 assists – past comfortably pulled distant from a visibly deflated Storm successful overtime to determination to wrong 1 triumph of the WNBA Finals successful the best-of-five series.
”That was a hellhole of a game,” Aces manager Becky Hammon said aft the game, per the WNBA. “I don’t cognize if I’ve ever been a portion of thing similar that.
“The back-and-forth and the conflict – large changeable aft large changeable from some sides, really. That was conscionable truly high-level hoops … [from] some sides.”
Bird, who announced earlier this play that she would beryllium retiring astatine the extremity of the year, was near ruing her team’s inability to spot retired the crippled with truthful small near connected the clock.
“We were up 4 with not a batch of clip near and that’s truly to maine is wherever we mislaid the game,” Bird said, per ESPN. “Letting them instrumentality the pb – they astir apt scored 5 points successful 3 seconds?
“That, to me, is wherever we truly fto this 1 go. I recognize the past plays are going to instrumentality retired due to the fact that they’re melodramatic and breathtaking and I’m definite it was large TV, but we were up four.”
The Aces and Storm look disconnected again successful Game Four connected Tuesday.