It took until the final seconds of the Second Round of the WNBA Playoffs for the Washington Mystics to know their semifinals opponent.
A ridiculous steal and desperation heave by Las Vegas Ace Dearica Hamby propelled the team to a victory over the Chicago Sky. The Aces now have a date with Washington in the next round.
As the clock was ticking down on potentially the final possession of the game, Las Vegas turned up the pressure on Chicago. With 14.6 seconds left and a two-point lead the Sky in-bounded the ball to Courtney Vandersloot. Chased, she hastily threw the ball up the court as Hamby made a phenomenal read on the ball for a steal. Stradling the sideline, she regained balance and lofted the game-winning shot with over five seconds left.
Watch it five times in a row and it still is unreal how it all played out.
Yes, it happened. The steal, followed by the bucket. No conservation of greatness there. Take another look.
After the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm in the earlier Second Round contest, the Mystics had to wait for the result of the No. 4 Aces- No. 5 Sky contest to know their semifinal fate. To get there, Las Vegas had to erase a 14-point second-quarter deficit. Liz Cambage led the way with 23 points.
Results-wise, the Mystics had a favorable record against both the Sky and the Aces in the regular season. Top-seeded Washington took two out of three games against the Aces this year. However, Mystics-Aces games are known for being unconventional. One game was postponed mid-game because of an earthquake. Another matchup had a 20-minute delay due to the clocks shorting out.
The two squads will play a best-of-five series starting on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Now, just go back to watching that game-clincher on loop because it is a true basketball treat.
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