Jackie Young scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the host Las Vegas Aces strengthened their playoff seeding with a 102-81 victory against the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday night.
A’ja Wilson added 20 points and Riquna Williams scored 16 for the Aces (21-8). Dearica Hamby, returning from a three-game absence caused by an ankle injury, had 14 points, and Kelsey Plum contributed 13.
Chelsea Gray chipped in 14 assists and eight points as second-seeded Vegas increased its lead over the third-place Seattle Storm (20-10) to 1 1/2 games.
The Aces, who have won seven of their past nine, shot 55.1 percent from the floor and enjoyed an eight-point scoring advantage at the foul line.
Aerial Powers scored 20 points and Napheesa Collier had 18 for the Lynx (18-10), who fell into fifth place with their loss and a Wednesday win by the Phoenix Mercury (19-10).
Sylvia Fowles added 10 points and 11 rebounds and Kayla McBride also put up 10 for Minnesota, which had won its past five games and 13 of its past 15.
The top two seeds receive a double bye into to the playoff semifinals, and the third and fourth seeds receive a bye into the second round.
Vegas beat Minnesota for the first time in three meetings this season.
McBride scored the first four points of the third quarter to pull the Lynx within 10 points, but that was the closest the visitors would get in the period.
Vegas increased the lead to as many as 17 points and held a 74-59 advantage at the end of the period.
Both teams had balanced attacks in a high-scoring, back-and-forth first quarter.
There were four lead changes and three ties, including a 27-all score at the end of the period.
Collier scored nine to lead the Lynx and Young had nine and Williams eight to lead the Aces.
Williams and Wilson scored eight points each in the second quarter and the Aces slowed down the Lynx’s offense.
Vegas led by 16 points on two occasions as it outscored Minnesota 28-14 in the period to take a 55-41 halftime lead.
–Field Level Media
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