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The Las Vegas Aces (24-10) moved one game closer to front-running Chicago (25-9), Tuesday night, with a 97-90 victory over visiting Atlanta (14-20). The Sky dropped a 111-100 decision at home to Seattle. Neither team led by more than four until the Aces closed the period on a 9-0 run. A’ja Wilson and Jackie Young each scored 11 points in the quarter, and each went 3 for 3 from three-point range. That set a career-high for Wilson for made threes in a game. Atlanta opened the frame with an 8-0 run to re-take the lead. Las Vegas rattled off six straight of their own, and although the Dream tied the score on two occasions in the second, the Aces never trailed again before intermission. Dearica Hamby injured her right knee in the quarter, and did not return to the game. Aari McDonald came of the Dream bench to lead all scorers in the quarter with 8 points, as Atlanta held Las Vegas to 37.5 percent shooting in the period.  In the fourth quarter with the score tied at 67, Las Vegas went on an 11-2 run to take their largest lead of the game. The Dream scored nine straight to tie the score, and led briefly, 83-82, with 4:17 to go. A’ja Wilson put the Aces back on top for good with a 14-foot jumper, and Las Vegas went 8 for 8 from the free throw line down the stretch. Kelsey Plum poured in 12 points, and played all 10 minutes of the final stanza. The Aces went 11 for 11 from the free throw line. This had to be one of the most exciting games this year. Las Vegas Raiders Tight End Darren Waller was in attendance amongst other celebrities. Las Vegas Aces owner Mark Davis said the red-hot WNBA team has a few marketing tricks up its sleeve to draw more fans to home games. These women are true athletes that bring excitement to the sport and they truly deserve to be supported. GO ACES!!!