The Las Vegas Aces took home the second annual WNBA Commissioner’s Cup championship title with a 93-83 win over the Chicago Sky Tuesday night. Kelsey Plum scored a team-high 24 points, while Candace Parker finished with a 20 point and 14 rebounds, along with A’ja Wilson, who had 17 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks.
While Plum and Wilson were outstanding, Chelsea Gray showed out and helped lead her team offensively in order to provide perfect scoring opportunities for the Aces. Gray was named MVP.
“At the end of the day, you can talk about the numbers and this and that, but she wins games, and that to me should be the most important thing,” Plum said of Gray, per ESPN. “She’s the MVP tonight, but she has been leading our team the whole season. I feel like, to be honest, she doesn’t get the love and credit she deserves, and I’m really, really glad that people saw that tonight.”
Earlier this month four of the Aces starters and coach Becky Hammon were honored at the 2022 WNBA All-Star weekend. However, Gray wasn’t among them. Even Plum kept it real that Gray deserved the recognition.
“She got snubbed this year,” Plum said. “I felt like we deserved five All-Stars. I know that’s not easy. She’s a competitor. She leads our team, and when we need plays down the stretch, Chelsea consistently makes big plays.”
Gray, who dropped 19 points, along with five assists, and four rebounds in Tuesday’s matchup, was quick to credit her team for the dub.
“My team balled out today. We hooped,” Gray said. “I know I’m the MVP right now, this should go to them right there. Super proud of this team and everything we accomplished.”
Along with the win, each player on the Aces were awarded $30,000 for winning, while Gray won an additional $5,000 for being named MVP.
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