WNBA: Jewell Loyd information, Griner return spotlight 2023 All-Star Recreation

Jewell Loyd set a WNBA All-Star Recreation document with 31 factors and a WNBA document for any recreation with 10 mixed threes and fours in what was an MVP efficiency, and her group, Workforce Stewart, defeated Workforce Wilson 143-127 Saturday night time at Michelob ULTRA Area in Las Vegas.

Loyd (10-of-21 from distance) was double-teamed by Workforce Wilson on a late possession when she was two shy of the earlier ASG scoring document (30 set by Maya Moore and Kelsey Plum). Plum and three of her Aces teammates have been on Workforce Wilson Saturday night time and didn’t need Loyd to remove the document.

Loyd missed a 3 whereas double-teamed, however Brittney Griner, who began within the All-Star Recreation lower than a yr after getting back from her wrongful detainment in Russia, grabbed the rebound and bought it again out to Loyd for a right-wing three that broke the document.

Loyd added six assists and 4 rebounds to her stat line whereas 3-point Contest champion Sabrina Ionescu added 18 factors, eight helpers and 6 boards for Workforce Stewart and Griner was good for 18 factors, 13 rebounds and two blocks.

Captain Breanna Stewart helped her group’s trigger with 9 factors, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. Teammate Nneka Ogwumike posted six factors, 11 boards and 5 helpers and teammate Napheesa Collier registered 20 factors.

Plum (6-of-10 from three/4) matched the 30 factors she scored in her 2022 All-Star Recreation MVP efficiency whereas teammate Arike Ogwunbowale notched 18 factors, six rebounds and 5 assists. A’ja Wilson had 20 factors and 5 boards in defeat.

Griner managed to toss a fairly emphatic block of Plum into the highlights of the night, however Plum adopted that with three triples over the span of 1:10. The final of these lower Wilson’s deficit to 136-117 with 2:39 remaining.

Collier scored eight factors within the first 3:17 of the fourth, together with a 4-pointer. Workforce Wilson lower it to 16 twice within the body earlier than that and once more on a Wilson three on the 6:25 mark of the body.

Within the third, Satou Sabally had a pleasant 5-0 run that made it 91-76 Stewart, and later Kahleah Copper went on a 7-2 run that made it 110-90 Stewart. Cheyenne Parker then closed the third with a 3 for Wilson that lower it to 17.

Loyd made three triples within the first 3:47 of the second half, with the final of these being a right-corner fadeaway that made it 86-72 Stewart. Earlier within the third, Griner recorded her third dunk of the night time and Wilson made a mid-range fadeaway whereas being interviewed dwell by broadcasters Rebecca Lobo and Ryan Ruocco.

With 5.1 seconds remaining within the first half, Ogwumike grabbed a rebound over Ogunbowale and held the ball up over Ogunbowale for prolonged seconds, frightening a playful foul from Ogunbowale, which was actually extra of a hug.

Workforce Wilson lower its deficit to 64-61 on an Ogunbowale fadeaway three, however Loyd answered with back-to-back treys. Slightly later Stewart made her first basket of the sport, a straightaway three, to shut the primary half’s scoring and make it 73-63 in her group’s favor.

Allisha Grey made a contested 4 that lower Wilson’s deficit to 59-51, however Loyd answered with a 3 and picked up a steal on the following possession, which led to an Ogwumike layup in transition.

Fours from Collier, Plum and Ionescu comprised three straight baskets that took the rating to 48-39 Stewart. Ionescu’s 4 was her second of the competition. She made her third a bit later to make it 54-41. Rhyne Howard answered that along with her second 4. In between her second and third fours, Ionescu added a fairly no-look cross to Collier for a layup.

Howard kicked off the barrage of second-quarter fours to offer Wilson a 33-29 lead after which Ionescu, who had missed a pair fours, made a left-wing three adopted by a 4 to make it 36-33 Stewart. A Collier steal on the following possession led to a Copper layup in transition that prolonged Stewart’s run to 9-0 and made it 38-33. It wound up being an 11-0 run after a Collier layup.

Down 27-18, Workforce Wilson went on a 7-0 run to chop it to 2. Plum made a layup in transition, which was adopted by an Alyssa Thomas layup and a Parker three. After that, Ionescu noticed a 4-point try rattle out and in.

Griner was the star early, opening the sport on a 6-2 particular person run that she capped with a dunk. She later made a layup that made it 19-14 Stewart and added one other, extra emphatic dunk to make it 23-16.

Proper earlier than that dunk, she tried a 4-point shot that sadly missed. She made an effort to attempt to knock down a 3 or 4, going 0-of-4 on these pictures mixed.

Griner slapped the ground whereas guarding Chelsea Grey within the first — that’s how pumped up she was. C. Grey later did the identical whereas guarding Griner.

Aliyah Boston, who made massive information as a rookie starter, scored the sport’s first factors. Loyd made the sport’s first 4-pointer to make it 10-4 Stewart.

Howard was changing the injured Elena Delle Donne (ankle sprain).