The aces nail back-to-back Liberty strikes with a runaway win in Vegas, led by Chelsea Gray’s triple-double.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 17: Chelsea Gray #12 of the Las Vegas Aces and Betnya Laney #44 of the New York Liberty walk after a loose ball in the second quarter of their game at Michelob Ultra Arena on August 17, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Note to User: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading or using this image, User agrees to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images license agreement.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Foundations and Liberty are right for this season, and there’s one more match left. At least in the regular season. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Let the record show that it is very difficult to blow Las Vegas Ice three times in a row.

The Aces, holders of the highest scoring record in the WNBA, hit a pair of blasts from the New York Liberty with an 88-75 win on Thursday, the season’s 2-2 evening. The win was like many for the Aces this season, with a balanced scoring effort (four starters scored in double figures) and a stellar performance from Chelsea Gray.

The All-Star point marked the franchise’s first triple-double Since 2001 With 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, as well as three steals and 10 of 22 shooting.

The Liberty previously beat the Aces 82-63 on Tuesday and 99-61 on Aug. 6, though it’s worth noting that Las Vegas has been without superstar Candace Parker since July due to a broken foot. The previous win earned them the Liberty Cup title. The Aces had a 98-81 win earlier in the season on June 29.

It started off like the game on Tuesday, with Liberty jumping out to an early lead. After New York opened the game with eight straight points, the Aces responded with a run of their own to retake the lead near the end of the first quarter and build a double-digit advantage in the second.

Liberty didn’t go far, spending most of the second half slowly chipping away at a deficit that peaked at 14 points. They cut it to close to four, but never really close.

Things got especially tricky halfway through the fourth when Aces star A’ja Wilson, who had just hit the 3,500-point threshold in the same frame, took exception to Kayla Thornton’s hard connection on a rebound and was stopped by three different teammates, as well as a coach. Becky Hammon.

The Aces and Liberty will meet again, on August 28, before the playoffs they are currently on track to be the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, as expected for a pair of superstars. With all the star power on display, the WNBA will likely hope they meet again in the playoffs.

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