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Aces miss out on opportunity to clinch first round bye with 78-74 loss at Atlanta

Posted: 8:45 PM, Sep 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-06 03:23:15-04
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Aces led for the first three-plus quarters Thursday evening, but the Atlanta Dream went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the fourth to escape with a 78-74 victory.

With the loss, Las Vegas (20-13) falls a half-game behind the third place Sparks, pending the outcome of Los Angeles' game this evening against Seattle.

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Los Angeles has the tiebreaker against the Aces should the team finish the year with the same record.

Las Vegas is also now a half-game ahead of Chicago in fifth place. The Aces magic number to clinch at least the fourth seed, and a bye into the second round, remains one—any combination of one Las Vegas win or Sky loss.

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During Thursday's game, Liz Cambage scored in double figures for the 28th time this season (15 points). She played just 1:13 in the second half after leaving due to a left leg injury.

A'ja Wilson scored in double figures for the 22nd time this season (19 points), and blocked a career-high tying 7 shots.

Las Vegas concludes its 2019 regular season on the road on Sunday at Phoenix.

Tip is slated for 1 p.m.