WNBA Finals: Alyssa Thomas tallies first-ever triple-double in WNBA Finals history; Sun forces Game 4

Alyssa Thomas had the first triple-double in WNBA Finals history and the Connecticut Sun avoided elimination by defeating the Las Vegas Aces 105-76 in Game 3 Thursday night. Thomas had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for the Sun.

Thomas now has three triple-doubles in her career — both this season. This was the third in WNBA playoff history. Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot and Houston’s Sheryl Swoopes had the others.

Connecticut has now won all four of its elimination games, topping Dallas on the road in the first round and beating Chicago in Games 4 and 5 to close out that series. The Finals series remains in Connecticut for Game 4 of this best-of-five series.

Las Vegas got off to a fast start, scoring nine of the first 11 points and forcing Connecticut to change plans in the first quarter. The Sun settled down and outscored the Aces 32-10 the rest of the quarter, including 25 of the final 29 points.

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Jonquel Jones led the Sun with 20 points. Jones, Bonner and Thomas helped Connecticut dominate inside as the Sun set a Finals record with 64 points in the paint. Connecticut used that advantage to lead 53-34 with 1:44 left in the second quarter

However, the Aces closed the period by scoring the final nine points and cut the lead to 12 after Kelsey Plum made a half-court heave to finish the quarter. The Sun seized momentum back to start the third quarter, scoring the first five points.

Las Vegas couldn’t get closer than six the rest of the game. Jackie Young scored 22 points and A’ja Wilson added 19 for the Aces. Las Vegas will have one more chance to close the WNBA Finals Sunday.

 

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