A’ja Wilson’s career-high 40 points, 12 rebounds lead Aces’ win

Aug 12, 2023, 12:37 AM ET

LAS VEGAS — A’ja Wilson scored a career-high 40 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Kelsey Plum had 19 points and 10 assists for her first double-double of the season, and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Washington Mystics 113-89 on Friday night.

Wilson finished 17-of-25 from the field — with no 3-pointers — to reach 40 points, matching Plum for the Aces’ single-game scoring record which she set earlier this season.

Wilson is the first player in WNBA history to score 40 points in a game without a 3. She also became the eighth player in WNBA history to have 40 points and 10 rebounds in a game, and only the fourth to put up those numbers in a regulation game.

She scored 10 of Las Vegas’ opening 19 points and finished the half with 24 points and seven rebounds. The Aces led 57-48 at the break.

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Chelsea Gray also had 19 points and 10 assists to reach 3,500 points for her career. It’s the second time in Aces franchise history that three players have recorded double-doubles in the same game; the other was in 2001, when Margo Dydek, Natalie Williams and Adrienne Goodson did so when the franchise was known as the Utah Starzz.

Jackie Young added 17 points for Las Vegas (26-3).

It was tied at 68-all with four minutes left in the third quarter before Young made a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to start a 20-6 run for an 88-74 lead entering the fourth.

The Aces reached the century mark for the eighth time this season, already the fifth-most such games in a season in WNBA history

Natasha Cloud scored 21 points and Tianna Hawkins had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Washington (13-16). Hawkins and Cloud both went down with injuries in the fourth quarter before going to the locker room.

Myisha Hines-Allen had 15 points and Brittney Sykes scored 12.

ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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