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Jonquel Jones puts up 20 as Sun snap Aces’ winning streak

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Sep 7, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; The WNBA logo on a ball during the fourth quarter of game one of the WNBA finals between the Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics at KeyArena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Jonquel Jones scored 20 points to lead five Connecticut scorers in double figures as the visiting Sun ended the Las Vegas Aces’ seven-game winning streak with a 97-90 victory on Thursday night.

DeWanna Bonner scored 19 points, Courtney Williams had 18, Alyssa Thomas added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Brionna Jones scored 10 as the Sun (7-3) bounced back from an 89-81 loss at Las Vegas two nights earlier.

Jackie Young scored 26 points, Kelsey Plum had 23, Dearica Hamby added 15 and A’ja Wilson had 13 to lead the Aces (9-2). Plum dished out a game-high eight assists.

Connecticut head coach Curt Miller returned to the bench after a two-game absence due to the league’s health and safety protocol.

Plum scored eight straight Aces points to help them pull within 59-58 early in the third quarter.

The Sun increased the lead to 73-64 on a 3-pointer by Jonquel Jones.

Plum assisted on consecutive three-point plays by Young and added a layup to get Las Vegas within 73-72.

Jonquel Jones answered with a 3-pointer and Brionna Jones added a basket that gave Connecticut a 78-72 lead at the end of the period.

The Aces closed within four points before the Sun increased the lead to 87-76.

Hamby scored eight straight points to pull Las Vegas within 87-84 with 4:54 to play, but Brionna Jones scored five straight points to increase Connecticut’s lead to 92-84 a minute later.

Plum scored four straight points to pull the Aces within four with 2:55 to go, but the Sun scored the next four points from the foul line to take an eight-point lead with 1:32 left.

Bonner made back-to-back 3-pointers as the Sun used a 13-0 run to take a 15-5 lead.

The Aces got within two points before Connecticut scored seven consecutive points to take a 22-13 lead.

The Sun led by as many as 18 points before holding a 37-22 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Wilson scored six points and Hamby had five as Las Vegas finished with a 17-2 run to close within 53-50 at halftime.

–Field Level Media