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WNBA: Jackie Young (27) leads Aces past Mercury

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Jackie Young scored a career-high 27 points and A’ja Wilson added 16 points with nine rebounds as the Las Vegas Aces held off the host Phoenix Mercury 85-79 on Wednesday night.

Chelsea Gray scored 15 points and Liz Cambage added 10 with eight rebounds as the Aces (3-2) won for the third time in their last four games and rebounded from a 72-65 home defeat to the Connecticut Sun on Sunday.

Brittney Griner scored a season-high 27 points for the Mercury (2-3) while Skylar Diggins-Smith added 16 as Phoenix played without former MVP Diana Taurasi, who has a small fracture in her sternum. Taurasi is expected to miss four weeks.

Shey Peddy scored 12 for the Mercury while Megan Walker made her first career start and scored seven points in 23 minutes.

Las Vegas’ Dearica Hamby scored all five of her points in the final 1:41 and Riquna Williams made three free throws with 36.6 seconds remaining for an 83-79 lead after a foul by Diggins-Smith. Young sealed the victory on two free throws with 29.5 seconds remaining.

Las Vegas led 67-65 after three quarters before the Mercury went on an 8-2 run to open the fourth and take a 73-69 lead. Phoenix stayed in front until a Hamby putback with 1:41 remaining gave Las Vegas a 78-77 lead.

Young reached her career high in points before the end of the third quarter. She entered with a career-best 13.5 points per game in her third season.

With Taurasi out, Griner was more involved in the offense, reaching her season high in points by the third quarter. She was 12 of 16 from the field after not taking more than 13 shots in her previous four games.

The game was designated a Commissioner’s Cup contest. A total of 10 regular-season games per team in the first half will be counted toward the Commissioner’s Cup standings with a team from each conference to play in a separate Commissioner’s Cup championship game Aug. 12.

The Aces are now 2-1 in the Commissioner’s Cup standings, while the Mercury are 1-1.

–Field Level Media

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