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Aces ease past Sparks 104-76 for 5th straight win

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Las Vegas Aces guard Sydney Colson (51) shoots a layup during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Phoenix Mercury, Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Las Vegas.

A’ja Wilson scored 24 points, Jackie Young added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Las Vegas Aces routed the Los Angeles Sparks 104-76 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.

The Aces tied a WNBA record with 18 3-pointers, topping the team mark of 16, and scored 100-plus in back-to-back games.

Las Vegas closed the first quarter on a 23-3 run to take control. The Aces scored 39 points in the frame, with 14 points from Wilson, and led 57-36 at halftime. Wilson had 16 points at the break, Young added 13 and Chelsea Gray scored 11 as the Aces shot 55.9% from the field and held Los Angeles to 35.9%.

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Kelsey Plum had 17 points and eight assists and Gray finished with 14 points for Las Vegas (7-1), which became the first WNBA team to score 39-plus points in a quarter this season. Kierstan Bell scored 12 points.

Liz Cambage made her return to Las Vegas and picked up two early fouls before finishing with 10 points for Los Angeles (2-5). Chennedy Carter added 17 points, Jordin Canada had 11 points and nine assists, and Nneka Ogwumike scored nine points.

The Sparks have lost five straight games.