The Connecticut Sun entered Friday morning on the brink of elimination, and ended it by forcing a Game 4 at home.
They pulled off a 105-76 win over the Las Vegas Aces in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals to stay alive.
Alyssa Thomas powered the Sun to victory with the first triple-double in WNBA Finals history.
She finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists, becoming the only player to record three triple-doubles in a single season.
Connecticut led by as many as 23 points in the first half while shooting 60% from the field and 75% from 3-point range.
Jackie Young tried to keep the Aces in it with a 22-point performance.
A’ja Wilson finished with 19 points, Kelsey Plum notched 17 and Chelsea Gray had 11.
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In the second half, Las Vegas found a solid rhythm on offense but couldn’t cut into the lead significantly without forcing stops at the other end.
“If you could encapsulate Connecticut, it’s physical and very resilient,” Aces coach Becky Hammon said after the game.
The Aces jumped out to a 9-2 start, but the Sun immediately battled back.
Connecticut led by as many as 22 points, almost doubling Las Vegas’ previous largest deficit of the postseason.
DeWanna Bonner was 8-of-15 shooting on Friday, after going 2-of-18 from the field in the first two games of the series.
Las Vegas already bought itself two more shots at a championship with two straight wins at home, but Connecticut’s comeback raises a few questions.
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The Sun are now 4-0 in the 2022 postseason when facing elimination.
The teams will meet again on Sunday in Connecticut.
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