A’ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart and the rest of the WNBA All-Stars wore Brittney Griner’s name and her No. 42 on the back of their jerseys for the second half of Team Wilson’s 134-112 victory over Team Stewart.
Griner, 31, has been detained since February after police at Moscow’s Airport said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. The eight-time All-Star pleaded guilty Thursday to drug possession charges that could see a sentence of to up to 10 years in prison.
Griner was announced as an honorary WNBA All-Star starter before Sunday’s game. The players lined up along the sideline to show off their Griner jerseys before the start of the second half.
It was the last All-Star Game for Bird and Sylvia Fowles, who plan to retire at the end of the season. The Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum was named MVP after she scored 30 points for Team Wilson in her first All-Star appearance.
Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points, six assists and six rebounds, and Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker finished with 15 points and eight boards. Plum matched the league’s All-Star Game scoring record. Maya Moore also scored 30 points in 2015.