However, it was the notable, record-breaking end of regulation time that would make this contest the all-time record in league history.
Trailing by four with just over 11 seconds remaining, Las Vegas sniper Rikna Williams came close to a deficit with a big 3-point shot before Storm’s Tina Charles missed two free throws. With less than three seconds remaining, he took a one-point lead.
Then the real drama started.
Retired WNBA legend Sue Bird (17 points and 8 assists in 43 minutes of action) hit a corner 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to give the Storm a two-point lead. A buzzer beat layup to tie the game and bring it into overtime.
It was the first time in WNBA history that three go-ahead or game-tying buckets were scored in the final three seconds of a game.
Led by Wilson’s 34 points and 11 rebounds and Chelsea Gray’s 29 points and 12 assists, the Aces then pulled away from a visibly contracting storm with ease in overtime to move within a win of the WNBA Finals in the last five. Did. series.
“That was a hell of a game,” Ace coach Becky Hammon said after the game, according to the WNBA.
“Ups and downs and battles — big shot after big shot from both sides. It was really high level basketball… [from] both sides. “
Bird, who announced earlier this season that he would be retiring at the end of the year, has struggled with his inability to watch games with little overtime for his team.
“We were four behind with very little time left, and that’s where we lost the game,” Bird said, according to ESPN. “Have they taken the lead and maybe got five points in three seconds?
“That’s where I really let this go. I understand the final play stands out because it’s dramatic and exciting. I’m sure it was great TV, but we gave it a four.” ”
Ace and Storm will face off again in Game 4 on Tuesday.