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Jonquel Jones’ career-high 34 points propel Liberty over Aces

LAS VEGAS — Jonquel Jones scored a career-high 34 points, Breanna Stewart and Sabrina Ionescu each had double-doubles and the New York Liberty extended their lead in the second half to beat the defending WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces 90-82 on Saturday.

Ionescu had 15 points and 12 assists, and Stewart added 14 points and 12 rebounds for New York (12-2).

Betnijah Laney Hamilton added 12 points and seven rebounds.

New York Liberty’s Jonquel Jones gestures after making a three-point shot against the Las Vegas Aces. Getty Images
Las Vegas Aces’ Jackie Young fouled New York Liberty’s Breanna Stewart in the second quarter. Getty Images

Las Vegas (6-6) has lost four of its last five games.

Kelsey Plumb hit a floater to give the Aces a 53-47 lead with 6:33 left in the third quarter.

They then remained scoreless for nearly five minutes.

New York responded with a 14-0 run, including six points from Jones, to retake the lead.

Kate Martin broke Las Vegas’ scoring slump with a 3-pointer with 1:47 left in the first period, and A’ja Wilson followed with a shot in the lane to cut the lead to 61-58, but the Aces couldn’t get any closer.

Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty will face Alisha Clark of the Las Vegas Aces. Getty Images
New York Liberty’s Breanna Stewart shoots a shot against No. 7 Alisha Clark of the Las Vegas Aces in the first quarter. Getty Images

Plum led Las Vegas with 22 points, while Wilson had 21 points and nine rebounds.

Alisha Clark added 13 points, Jackie Young had 10 points and six assists and Kiah Stokes grabbed 12 rebounds.