WNBA Playoffs: Las Vegas Aces defeated Seattle Storm in OT in Game 3 after remarkable end to regulation time




But it was a remarkable, regulation-time-record ending that will make this contest an all-time record in league history.

Trailing by four points with just over 11 seconds left, Las Vegas sharpshooter Riquna Williams hit a massive three-pointer to close in on the deficit before Storm’s Tina Charles missed two free throws, allowing to Aces star A’ja Wilson to score a layup and give the Aces a one-point lead with less than three seconds remaining.

Then the real drama began.

Retired WNBA legend Sue Bird – who contributed 17 points and eight assists in 43 minutes of action – hit a three-point corner to put the Storm back in a two-man position with 1.8 seconds left in the game. timer, only for Jackie Young to make a buzzer-beating layup to even the game and take it to overtime.

It was the first time in WNBA history that three go-ahead buckets or tyers were scored in the final three seconds of a game.

The Aces – led by Wilson’s 34 points and 11 rebounds and Chelsea Gray’s 29 points and 12 assists – then comfortably pulled away from a visibly deflated storm in overtime to move within a victory of the final of the WNBA in the best of five series.

“It was a hell of a game,” Aces coach Becky Hammon said after the game, according to the WNBA. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been part of something like this.

“The back and forth and the battle – big shot after big shot from both sides, really. It was just really high level basketball… [from] on both sides.”

Bird, who announced earlier this season that she would be retiring at the end of the year, found herself unable to see the game for her team with so little time on the clock.

“There were four of us with little time and it was really for me that we lost the game,” Bird said, per ESPN. “Let them take the lead – they probably scored five points in three seconds?

“For me, that’s where we really let this one down. I understand that the last pieces are going to stand out because they’re dramatic and exciting and I’m sure it was great television, but we were four.”

The Aces and Storm meet again in Game 4 on Tuesday.


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