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Plum, Young spark Las Vegas to 100-80 romp over Phoenix

Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson claps with teammates before a WNBA basketball game against the Phoenix Mercury, Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Las Vega...
Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum (10) shoots ahead of Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner (21) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Satu...
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) reaches to block a shot by Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young (0) during the first half of a WNBA basketball ga...
Las Vegas Aces guard Chelsea Gray (12) drives around Phoenix Mercury guard Sophie Cunningham (9) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Satur...

Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson claps with teammates before a WNBA basketball game against the Phoenix Mercury, Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Las Vega...

Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum (10) shoots ahead of Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner (21) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Satu...

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) reaches to block a shot by Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young (0) during the first half of a WNBA basketball ga...

Las Vegas Aces guard Chelsea Gray (12) drives around Phoenix Mercury guard Sophie Cunningham (9) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Satur...

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 24 points, Jackie Young added 20 and Las Vegas dominated the third quarter in a 100-80 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday.

Plum sank three 3-pointers and scored 15 in a 38-point third quarter to help Las Vegas (6-1) turn a two-point halftime lead into an 82-60 advantage. Dearica Hamby scored 11 of her 13 points in the pivotal period.

Chelsea Gray finished with 13 points, five assists and four steals as the Aces improved to 4-0 at home. Theresa Plaisance had 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Diamond DeShields topped Phoenix (2-4) with 19 points. Reserve Sophie Cunningham scored 17 and Diana Taurisi added 14 points and seven assists.

The Aces moved into first place with the victory, a half-game ahead of the idle Washington Mystics.

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