Player in the spotlight
Twenty years. That’s how long Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, two of the greatest women to play basketball, have been doing it on the court.
This moment is just for these 2 legends. pic.twitter.com/OaKppuhqxH— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) July 23, 2022
With Bird on her retirement tour, the two played in their final matchup against each other. The game wasn’t at all nail-biting with Taurasi’s Phoenix Mercury winning over Bird’s Seattle Storm by 20 points.
Bird, the league’s all-time assists leader, had five assists while Taurasi exploded with 28 points on six 3s. What a tribute to an all-time great like Bird.
Phoenix also celebrated Bird’s career with a customized pair of Air Jordans–a perfect GOAT moment to wrap up decades of amazing battles between two best friends.
Kicks to Keep Sue Fresh 👟 pic.twitter.com/mCzr3dHXDc— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) July 23, 2022
Game of the week
It could’ve been just another game in Brooklyn when the New York Liberty faced the Chicago Sky. One team (Liberty) was on a five-game losing streak while the other (Sky) was on a six-game winning streak (Sky). Both of those streaks ended in a fun and spectacular fashion.
Sabrina Ionescu rocked the Kobe Mambacita Sweet 16s in this game, which was attended by Vanessa Bryant and her daughters. Ionescu gave them a trademark Mamba moment by hitting one clutch shot after another in the final seconds of the game.
SABRINA IONESCU!! 😲— WNBA (@WNBA) July 24, 2022
Ties up the game and gives the Liberty the opportunity to lead with 9.7 secs left in the game! pic.twitter.com/yaw7CwRWBs
Liberty stole a big win from the defending champs thanks to Ionescu’s 17-8-9 stat line.
The Las Vegas Aces continue to go all in on the greatness of A’ja Wilson. In seven straight games, Wilson has scored 20 or more points - the most in her team’s history.
A'ja Wilson with her SEVENTH straight 20+ point game, showed up in the fourth to help the Aces pull away for the win 😤@_ajawilson22: 24 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 2 BS pic.twitter.com/IMvaPvruIW— WNBA (@WNBA) July 24, 2022
Alyssa Thomas has also been huge for the Connecticut Sun, dropping a monster 15-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound game.
It was Thomas’ first career triple-double, becoming the league’s 11th player in history to get a triple-double.
Thomas followed it up with a double-double game against the Minnesota Lynx. She’s not done yet.
Coming off of her triple-double game, Alyssa Thomas drops a DOUBLE-DOUBLE in Connecticut's victory over Minny! 🤩@athomas_25: 15 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST pic.twitter.com/RKomzwTdfR— WNBA (@WNBA) July 25, 2022