Aces fall to Sun; one game from elimination

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Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) knocks the ball away from Las Vegas Aces center A’ja Wilson (22) during the second half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

BRADENTON, Fla. — Alyssa Thomas, knocked out of Game 2 two days ago by a dislocated shoulder, made a surprise start and led the Connecticut Sun to a 77-68 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinal series.

Thomas scored 23 points on 10-for-21 shooting and had 12 rebounds. She pushed the Sun to victory in the closing moments, scoring eight points in the final three minutes, the last basket coming after a steal with 45 seconds remaining for a seven-point edge.

Thomas was injured midway through the first quarter Tuesday night in a loss and was listed as out before her status was changed before the game.

Brionna Jones had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and DeWanna Bonner 12 points and 10 boards for the Sun. It’s the first time in league postseason history a team had three players with double-doubles in points and rebounds.

A’ja Wilson led the Aces with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The Sun will try to wrap up the series Sunday.

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