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SEMIFINALS: BEST-OF-FIVE SERIES


No. 1 Washington Mystics vs. No. 4 Las Vegas Aces

After Dearica Hamby’s game-winner gave them the adrenaline rush of a lifetime, the Las Vegas Aces must travel to Washington to face the top-seeded Mystics in the best-of-five semifinals, with Game 1 set to tip off on Tuesday in DC. The Aces are one of only three teams to beat the Mystics in Washington this season, although the Mystics were without Elena Delle Donne in that game. Delle Donne averaged 25 points and eight boards in two games against the Aces, both wins in Las Vegas. A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage combined to average 31 points and 10 boards in three games against Washington this season.


No. 2 Connecticut Sun vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks

After finishing as the No. 4 seed and being knocked out in the single-elimination second round in each of the past two playoffs, the Connecticut Sun secured the No. 2 seed this season and earned a double-bye to the semifinals, where they will meet the No. 3 seed Los Angeles Sparks. L.A. won the season series over Connecticut this season, with the home team winning all three games. The Sparks have won 15 straight games at Staples Center, but must earn at least one win in Connecticut in order to get back to the Finals for the third time in four years. Connecticut is looking for its first Finals berth since 2005.


SECOND ROUND: SINGLE-ELIMINATION


No. 3 Sparks Defeat No. 6 Storm, 92-69

The No. 3 seeded Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Seattle Storm 92-69 during the second round of the 2019 WNBA Playoffs. The Storm led 23-22 at the end of the first quarter, but Los Angeles quickly took control in second quarter and never relinquished the lead. Chelsea Gray poured in 21 points and dished out eight assists in the victory.


No. 4 Aces Defeat No. 5 Sky, 93-92

The No. 4 seed Las Vegas Aces defeated the No. 5 seed Chicago Sky 93-92 in a tightly contested game that featured 20 lead changes and eight ties. Dearica Hamby drilled a game-winning 3-pointer from 35 feet away with five seconds to play to seal the epic finish. Liz Cambage sunk 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and Kayla McBride added 16 points of her own.


FIRST ROUND: SINGLE-ELIMINATION


No. 5 Sky Defeats No. 8 Mercury, 105-76

The Chicago Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury in the opening game of the 2019 WNBA Playoffs, 105-76. Chicago jumped out to a 20-16 first quarter lead behind Diamond DeShields’ eight points (4-9 from the field). Brittney Griner suffered an injury in the second quarter, and while the Mercury rallied to keep the game close at halftime, the Sky opened up the third quarter with a 12-0 run to take control of the game. The Sky now face the No. 4 seed Las Vegas Aces in Round 2 this Sunday the 15th.


No. 6 Storm Defeats No. 7 Lynx, 84-74

The Seattle Storm advance to the second round of the WNBA Playoffs after defeating the Minnesota Lynx, 84-74. Jordin Canada balled out, sinking 26 points and dishing out four assists. Jewell Loyd added 22 points of her own, going 3-4 from downtown. The Storm will now face the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.


Playoff Schedule

FIRST ROUND – Elimination games
Wednesday, Sept. 11: No. 5 Chicago (105), No. 8 Phoenix (76)
Wednesday, Sept. 11: No. 6 Seattle (84), No. 7 Minnesota (74)

SECOND ROUND – Elimination games
Sunday, Sept. 15: No. 3 Los Angeles (92), No. 6 Seattle (69)
Sunday, Sept. 15: No. 4 Las Vegas (93), No. 5 Chicago (92)

SEMIFINALS – Best-of-Five Series (2-2-1)
Game 1: Tuesday, Sept. 17: No. 3 Los Angeles at No. 2 Connecticut, 6:30 ET, ESPN2
Game 1: Tuesday, Sept. 17: No. 4 Las Vegas at No. 1 Washington, 8:30 ET, ESPN2

Game 2: Thursday, Sept. 19: No. 3 Los Angeles at No. 2 Connecticut, 6:30 ET, ESPN2
Game 2: Thursday, Sept. 19: No. 4 Las Vegas at No. 1 Washington, 8:30 ET, ESPN2

Game 3: Sunday, Sept. 22: No. 1 Washington at No. 4 Las Vegas, 5:00 ET, ESPN2
Game 3: Sunday, Sept. 22: No. 2 Connecticut at No. 3 Los Angeles, 7:00 ET, ESPN2

Game 4*: Tuesday, Sept. 24: No. 1 Washington at No. 4 Las Vegas, Time TBD, ESPN2
Game 4*: Tuesday, Sept. 24: No. 2 Connecticut at No. 3 Los Angeles, Time TBD, ESPN2

Game 5*: Thursday, Sept. 26: No. 4 Las Vegas at No. 1 Washington, Time TBD, ESPN2
Game 5*: Thursday, Sept. 26: No. 3 Los Angeles at No. 2 Connecticut, Time TBD, ESPN2

FINALS – Best-of-Five Series (2-2-1)
Game 1: Sunday, Sept. 29, Matchup and Time TBD, ESPN
Game 2: Tuesday, Oct. 1, Matchup and Time TBD, ESPN
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 6, Matchup and Time TBD, ABC
Game 4*: Tuesday, Oct. 8, Matchup and Time TBD, ESPN2
Game 5*: Thursday, Oct. 10, Matchup and Time TBD, ESPN2

*if necessary