LAS VEGAS -- Liz Cambage scored 11 of her season-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Las Vegas Aces held on for a 79-74 victory Sunday, July 21, over the visiting Minnesota Lynx.
Cambage posted her fifth double-double by grabbing 13 rebounds, one shy of her season high. She made 9 of 16 shots as Las Vegas shot 45.2 percent and won for the sixth time in seven games despite committing 18 turnovers.
Cambage helped Las Vegas -- tied for the league lead with a 12-6 record -- inch closer to victory by hitting a basket with 3:04 remaining that pushed the lead to 73-66. Minnesota was within three points on three instances in the final 93 seconds, but Las Vegas sealed the win on two free throws by Kayla McBride with 18.7 seconds left.
McBride scored 20 points and Dearica Hamby contributed 14 as the frontcourt duo compensated for the absence of All-Star captain A'ja Wilson. Wilson sat out with a sprained left ankle suffered in a collision with Cambage in Friday's loss to Seattle.
Odyssey Sims scored 19 points to lead the Lynx (10-9), who lost for the third time in four games. Sylvia Fowles and Stephanie Talbot added 14 apiece as Minnesota shot 45.6 percent and committed 18 turnovers.
Both teams shot well in a high-scoring first quarter that ended with Las Vegas holding a 29-25 lead. The Lynx shot 61.1 percent (11 of 18) in the quarter, while the Aces made 64.7 percent (11 of 17) and took a four-point lead on Hamby's layup with 9.5 seconds left.
Las Vegas opened up a 36-27 lead on a putback by Cambage with 5:44 remaining in the second quarter, but Minnesota climbed within 39-37 on Talbot's layup with 2:32 remaining. The half ended when Cambage missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and neither team scored until Sims hit a layup with 7:56 left in the third for a 39-39 tie.
Las Vegas regained the lead with 7:31 left on McBride's 3-pointer but Minnesota took a 45-44 lead on a layup by Sims with 5:39 remaining. Minnesota held a 50-46 lead on a 3-point play by Sims with 4:36 remaining and forged a 54-54 tie going into the fourth quarter after Lexie Brown's jumper with 17.8 seconds left.