Liz Cambage and A’ja Wilson asserted their will early and often, combining to score 14 of their team’s first 16 points, and battered smaller opposing defenders.
The Aces extended the WNBA semifinals Sunday with a decisive win at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Las Vegas trails 2-0 and is seeking to become the first team in WNBA history to win a series after losing the first two games.
Emma Meesseman led Washington in scoring in each of the first two games, and is shooting 62.1 percent from the field — including 63.6 percent from 3-point distance.
The Washington Mystics defeated the Aces on Thursday at Sports and Entertainment Arena to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five playoff series. Game 3 is Sunday in Las Vegas.
The 5-foot-8-inch guard is averaging 14.2 points and 4.7 assists on 47.1 percent shooting, including 48 percent on 3-pointers, in her last six games coming off the bench.
A fiercely competitive coach on the court, Rick Pitino didn’t want to fight in one anymore.
Las Vegas guard Kelsey Plum was bumped on her potential game-tying 20-footer, but no foul was called and time expired.
The Aces chartered a plane to Washington, D.C., on Monday, under the direction of WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert, who also made the allowance for the Los Angeles Sparks.
Cambage in four games against the Sky averaged 22.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and shot 56.4 percent from the field.