The Rush: Aces hand Storm a Game 3 loss in an OT instant classic
The Las Vegas Aces forced OT and won Game 3 against the Seattle Storm, after being down by 4 points with just over 11 seconds left in regulation. The Chicago Sky are one win away from returning to the WNBA Finals after an ugly Game 3 win over the Connecticut Sun. Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols both hit some pretty important home runs as they chase the record books.
- Vegas down 2. Gray lobs it in. Young to tie. Banks it home. And we will have overtime.
JARED QUAY: If you missed game 3 between the Las Vegas Aces and the Seattle Storm, whew, you missed one hell of a basketball game.
- I wouldn't miss it for the world.
JARED QUAY: After bouncing back from a 15 point deficit earlier in the game, the Storm were up 4 points with just over 11 seconds left when Riquna Williams hit a clutch 3 for the Aces to close the gap to a single point. Then the Storm's Tina Charles missed not one, but two free throws, which would have gone a long way in securing the win.
- Big mistake. Big.
JARED QUAY: It sure was, because on the next Aces possession, A'ja Wilson made a driving layup to take the lead.
- Dives in. Wilson finishes and gives Vegas the lead.
JARED QUAY: But Seattle's walking legend Sue Bird said not today.
- Into Bird. In the corner. You bet. She's done it again. Sue Bird.
JARED QUAY: You could have ended the game right there and it would have been a classic, but this is an all-time classic for a reason.
- Gray lobs it in. Young to tie. Banks it home, and we will have overtime.
JARED QUAY: With less than a second left in regulation, Jackie Young got up a shot and nailed the layup at the buzzer to force overtime. And carrying all the momentum of their last ditch effort comeback, the Aces put the Storm to bed to take a 2 to 1 semifinals lead in the best of five series.
- Gray, another. Truth Chelsea Gray.
JARED QUAY: 7 points in the final 2.9 seconds of regulation, none of which came at the free throw line. Now that's my type of game.
- Working Bird. Bounces to Williams. In the corner, Stokes. And that should do it.
JARED QUAY: The other semifinal game between the Connecticut Sun and the Chicago Sky was far less exciting. All right, it was downright messy at times. The Sky got the 76-72 victory mostly because the Sun couldn't buy a bucket in the paint, going 18 for 48 on the interior. On the other side, Candace Parker secured her 27th career playoff double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, which ties her with Tamika Catchings for the most in WNBA history. Ugly or not, you know Candace and the Sky will take the dub any way they can get it, especially since they only need one more win to get back to the finals.
- One more win could do it.
JARED QUAY: On the baseball diamond, Sunday saw a couple of guys casually adding some important home runs to their tallies. Aaron Judge blasted his 53rd home run of the year. He also picked up all three of the Yankees runs in their three game series with the Rays this weekend, as the rest of the Yankees offense is clearly on vacation.
- Road trip!
JARED QUAY: Or they just want Judge to have the spotlight to himself. Either way, it's not ideal for winning a lot of games. And they're not. And 42-year-old Albert Pujols hit home run number 695, putting him two behind fourth place Alex Rodriguez on the all-time list. Pujols was clearly inspired by Serena Williams this weekend. 40 is the new 18, baby, which is great because I'll be 40 sooner rather than later.
Wait a minute, Chris, did you write this part, because I ain't going to be 40. I'm 33. I got seven years. You know how long these seven years is? Seven years is enough to win 16 grand slam titles, all right? Just ask Serena Williams, all right? By the time I get to 40, 40 will be the new 17.