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Bird sealed the game with a 3-pointer as the shot clock ran down with 18.9 还剩几秒钟. She held her follow-through much to the admiration of the crowd, who gave her a standing ovation as she came out of the game right after. The 21-year veteran finished with 11 点数.
The Liberty honored her pregame with a four-minute video tribute, and one-time teammates Sami Whitcomb and Natasha Howard gave Bird a jacket and jersey that featured every New York team stitched into them.
ACES 96, LYNX 95
LAS VEGAS (美联社) — A’ja Wilson scored 25 点数, Dearica Hamby added 16 — including a 3-pointer in the closing seconds — and the Aces rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Lynx.
Kayla McBride hit a 3-pointer and Jessica Shepard scored four point in a 7-2 spurt that trimmed Minnesota’s deficit to 93-91 与 1:38 玩. Neither team scored again until Chelsea Gray shook a reaching McBride with a behind-the-back move to get into the lane and kicked it out to a wide-open Hamby for a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Las Vegas a five-point advantage with 15.5 还剩几秒钟.
Shepard made a layup about 10 seconds later and, after a turnover by Gray on the inbounds pass, Shepard inexplicably drove for layup with 0.4 seconds left to make it 96-95.
Shepard had a career-high 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting, a career-best 18 rebounds and six assists for the Lynx (3-13).
FEVER 89, SKY 87
INDIANAPOLIS (美联社) — NaLyssa Smith scored a career-high 26 points — including a go-ahead three-point play in the closing seconds to help the Fever erase a 15-point second-half deficit and beat the Sky.
Smith was fouled as she hit a turn-around jumper from the left block and made the free throw to give the Fever an 88-87 带头 39 还剩几秒钟.
Chicago missed two shots on the other end before Victoria Vivians was fouled with 7.8 剩余秒数. She made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Fever (5-13) a two-point lead.
After the Sky called a timeout, Courtney Vandersloot missed a short baseline jumper and the Fever held on.
Kahleah Copper scored a career-high 28 points for the Sky (10-5).
MYSTICS 71, SUN 63
华盛顿 (美联社) — Elena Delle Donne scored all 15 of her points in the first half and the Mystics beat the Sun.
Ariel Atkins and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each scored 10 points for Washington (11-7).
Delle Donne converted a three-point play and then hit a 3-pointer about a minute later to make it 14-9 midway through the first quarter and the Mystics led the rest of the way.
Connecticut scored six consecutive points to trim its deficit to eight nearly-2 minutes later but Alysha Clark scored four points in a 7-0 spurt that made it 38-23 与 6 minutes left in the first half and the Sun couldn’t recover.
Jonquel Jones had 15 点和 16 rebounds for the Sun (12-4).
WINGS 92, SPARKS 82
迈阿密海豚队宣布迈克麦克丹尼尔为他们的下一任主教练, 德州 (美联社) — Arike Ogunbowale hit five 3-pointers and finished with 27 点数, Marina Mabrey scored a season-high 21 points and the Wings used a third-quarter run to take control in their 92-82 win over the Sparks.
Allisha Gray had 20 点数, a season-high 12 篮板, six assists and three steals for Dallas. Kayla Thornton added 15 points for Dallas (8-8). The Wings have won back-to-back games after losing four in a row and six of the last seven.
Katie Lou Samuelson hit a pull-up jumper to give the Sparks a 45-43 lead with about a minute left in the first half but Dallas score the final seven points of the half — capped by Gray’s three-point play with 0.7 seconds left — to take a five-point lead into the break and the Wings never again trailed.
Nneka Ogwumike led Los Angeles (5-9) 与 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 10 篮板.