The Aces surrendered a 13-0 run early in the fourth quarter and a 6-0 run late en route to an 86-84 loss Friday night at the Phoenix Mercury.
The Rebels’ first-year basketball coach hasn’t won any games yet at the school, but he’s winning over fans of all ages by promoting the team across the Las Vegas Valley.
Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Toronto Raptors won the first NBA Finals game played outside the U.S., beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 on Thursday night.
Liz Gambage, who has been dealing with Achilles tendinitis since the WNBA offseason, will play her first game with the Las Vegas Aces on Friday at Phoenix.
Public money helped the number settle back at Toronto minus-1 at the Westgate sportsbook and most other books. A few books had moved the game to pick.
Coach Bill Laimbeer has been impressed with the guard’s maturity and patience as she adjusts to the speed and pace of the WNBA. Young scored eight points in her debut.
Golden State opened as a 1-point favorite over Toronto at the Westgate sportsbook before wiseguy action made the Raptors 1-point favorites for Thursday’s game.
The Pilots, who probably won’t field a team next season, won 10 of the 13 games against the Gaels, but Gorman took three of the past six, including a 59-55 victory Jan. 19.
The 32-year-old forward started 25 of 33 games last season, but was moved to the bench to make room in the starting lineup for No. 1 overall pick Jackie Young.
Kevin Durant is traveling with the Golden State Warriors to Toronto for the NBA Finals, leaving open the chance he could be ready to return in time for Game 2.