Jonquel Jones #35 and Sabrina Ionescu #20 of the New...

Jonquel Jones #35 and Sabrina Ionescu #20 of the New York Liberty leave the court after their 90-82 victory over the Las Vegas Aces at Michelob ULTRA Arena on June 15, 2024 in Las Vegas. Credit: Getty Images/Ethan Miller

LAS VEGAS — Jonquel Jones scored a career-high 34 points, Breanna Stewart and Sabrina Ionescu each had a double-double and the Liberty pulled away in the second half to beat the defending WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces 90-82 on Saturday.

Ionescu finished with 15 points and 12 assists and Stewart added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Liberty (12-2). Betnijah Laney-Hamilton had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Las Vegas (6-6) has lost four of its last five games.

Kelsey Plum hit a floater that gave the Aces a 53-47 lead with 6:33 left in the third quarter. They then went scoreless for nearly five minutes. The Liberty responded with a 14-0 run, including six points from Jones, to take the lead for good. Kate Martin hit a 3-pointer to break the Las Vegas scoring drought with 1:47 left in the period and A'ja Wilson followed with a bucket in the lane that cut the deficit to 61-58 but the Aces got no closer.

Plum led Las Vegas with 22 points and Wilson finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Alysha Clark added 13 points, Jackie Young had 10 points and six assists and Kiah Stokes grabbed 12 rebounds.



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