NEW YORK (AP) — Gabby Williams scored a season-high 23 points in Seattle’s 81-72 win over the New York Liberty in storm guard Sue Bird’s last game of the regular season in her hometown on Sunday.
Bird, the league’s all-time top assist, announced Thursday that she would be retiring at the end of the 2022 season. She grew up on Long Island about an hour from the Barclays Center.
Bird sealed the game with a 3-pointer as the shot clock ran out with 18.9 seconds left. To the admiration of the crowd who gave her a standing ovation, she held her breakthrough when she was knocked out of the game right after. The 21-year-old veteran finished with 11 points.
The Liberty honored her with a four-minute video tribute before the game, and former teammates Sami Whitcomb and Natasha Howard gave Bird a jacket and jersey with all of the New York teams sewn into it.
Aces 96, lynx 95
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 25 points, Dearica Hamby added 16 — including a 3-point deficit in the closing seconds — and the Aces rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Lynx.
Kayla McBride hit a 3-pointer and Jessica Shepard scored four points in a 7-2 sprint that reduced Minnesota’s lead to 93-91 with 1:38 to play. Neither team scored again until Chelsea Gray shook an approaching McBride with a move behind the back to get onto the lane and shoved him out to a wide open hamby to score a 3-pointer from the left corner, to give Las Vegas a five-point win. Points lead at 15.5 seconds lead.
Shepard made a layup about 10 seconds later and after a turnover from Gray on the inbounds pass, Shepard inexplicably drove to the layup with 0.4 seconds left to make it 96-95.
Shepard had a career-high 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting, a career-best 18 rebounds and six assists for the Lynx (3-13).
FEVER 89, HEAVEN 87
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NaLyssa Smith notched a career-high 26 points — including a three-point play in the closing seconds to help the Fever erase a 15-point deficit in the second half and hit the sky.
Smith was fouled when she hit a turnaround jumper from the left block and took the free throw to give the Fever an 88-87 lead with 39 seconds left.
Chicago missed two shots at the other end before fouling Victoria Vivians with 7.8 seconds left. She made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Fever (5-13) a two-point lead.
After Sky called a time-out, Courtney Vandersloot missed a short baseline jumper and The Fever held on.
Kahleah Copper scored a career-high 28 points for the Sky (10-5).
MYSTIK 71, SO 63
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored all 15 of her first-half points and the Mystics beat the Sun.
Ariel Atkins and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each scored 10 points for Washington (11-7).
Delle Donne converted a three-pointer play and then hit a 3-pointer about a minute later to make it 14-9 midway through the first quarter, and the Mystics led the rest of the way.
Connecticut scored six straight points to reduce their deficit to eight almost 2 minutes later, but Alysha Clark scored four points in a 7-0 dash that made it 38-23 with 6 minutes left in the first half, and the Sun could not recover.
Jonquel Jones had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Sun (12-4).
WINGS 92, SPARKS 82
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale hit five 3-pointers to finish with 27 points, Marina Mabrey hit a season-high 21 points and the Wings used a run in the third quarter to take control of their 92-82 win to take over against the Sparks.
Allisha Gray had 20 points, a season-high 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals for Dallas. Kayla Thornton added 15 points for Dallas (8-8). The Wings have won consecutive games, having lost four in a row and six of the last seven.
Katie Lou Samuelson hit a pull-up jumper to give the Sparks a 45-43 lead by about a minute in the first half, but Dallas scored the last seven points of the half – topped by Gray’s three-point game with 0.7 seconds to go – going into the break with a five-point lead and the Wings never falling behind again.
Nneka Ogwumike led Los Angeles (5-9) with 17 points on 6-of-7 shots and 10 rebounds.
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