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After a high-flying first quarter that saw the Seattle Storm take a 31-24 lead into the break, the Las Vegas Aces played from behind all game and ultimately lost 104-91. The Storm now hold a 2-0 edge on the Aces, putting Las Vegas on the brink of elimination.

With 22 points from Breanna Stewart, including a 62.5% success rate from beyond the arc, Seattle won by 13 points for the second consecutive game. Alysha Clark and Natasha Howard each had 21 points, while the two also combined for 13 rebounds and eight assists.

League MVP A’ja Wilson had a strong showing, scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds, yet she’s made less than 40% of her field goal attempts during this series. In short, Seattle’s defense has minimized Wilson’s impact without taking too many fouls.

Sue Bird’s double-double was the game’s most impressive performance, reaching the 300-assist plateau in her WNBA playoff career. Making her debut in 2002, Bird is competing in her 14th postseason with the Storm and vying for her fourth championship.

If the Aces hope to get back in this series, they’ll need to turn their play around quickly, as Seattle has been dominant thus far. Game 3 is scheduled for Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, giving the Aces one full day to regroup and prepare to keep their season alive.

Featured photo courtesy of CBS Sports.

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