Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points to lead a balanced scoring effort as the visiting Minnesota Lynx won their sixth consecutive game, defeating the Las Vegas Aces 77-67 on Friday night.
Damiris Dantas and Sylvia Fowles added 14 points each and Kayla McBride had 10 for the Lynx (11-7), who defeated the Aces for the second time during their winning streak. They topped Las Vegas 90-89 in overtime at home on June 25.
Minnesota led by 15 points after the first quarter and never trailed in the game.
Kelsey Plum scored 18 points, A’ja Wilson had 13 and Dearica Hamby added 12 to lead the Aces (14-6), who lost their second straight after winning four in a row.
Las Vegas shot 35.8 percent from the floor, including 20 percent (3 of 15) on 3-point attempts.
Clarendon scored four points as Minnesota extended its 12-point halftime lead to 57-39 midway through the third quarter.
After an exchange of 3-pointers, Las Vegas got as close as 13 points. Plum’s jumper with 1.7 seconds left cut the Lynx’s lead to 64-49 at the end of the period.
Chelsea Gray’s basket pulled the Aces within 13 at the outset of the fourth quarter, but the hosts didn’t get any closer until pulling within 77-65 with 1:37 left.
Minnesota raced to a 15-6 lead in less than five minutes as Dantas made two of the Lynx’s three 3-pointers.
McBride’s jumper with three seconds left gave Minnesota its biggest lead at 33-18 at the end of the quarter. Dantas scored 14 points, making all five of her 3-point attempts as the Lynx sank seven of eight.
Fowles made two baskets as Minnesota increased its lead to 41-22 before the Aces cut into the deficit.
Las Vegas got within 13 points twice before Wilson’s three-point play cut the gap to 49-37 heading to halftime.
–Field Level Media
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