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WNBA Finals: Alyssa Thomas notches 1st triple-double in Finals history as Sun force Game 4 vs. Aces

History was abound as the Connecticut Sun completely flipped the script after a cross-country road trip and short turnaround.

Alyssa Thomas notched the first triple-double in WNBA Finals history as the Sun amped up their offense in support of its normally imposing offense to stave off elimination with a 105-76 win over the Las Vegas Aces in Game 3 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Thursday. Game 4 is Sunday (4 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Connecticut.

Thomas, who was named to the All-WNBA second team before tipoff, had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists as the Sun moved to 4-0 in elimination games this postseason.

Jonquel Jones got her way in the paint to score 20 points, but the tradeoff was four fouls, which limited her to 25 minutes. The Sun ended the game on a 19-0 run.

The Sun finally found their shots, and those shots were falling in the first half. The Sun set a Finals record by shooting 82.4% in the first quarter, which was also the highest-scoring first quarter in Finals history. Connecticut closed the first quarter on a 25-4 run.

DeWanna Bonner, who had scored only five points in the first two games of the series combined, scored nine points in the first half of Game 3. She finished with 18. Her offense was sorely needed.

Bonner also switched up her defensive assignment, trying to slow down the Aces’ Chelsea Gray. It worked, as Gray found success largely when Bonner was on the bench.

Gray reeled off three straight 3-pointers near the end of the first half and the Aces ended the second quarter on an 8-0 run capped by Kelsey Plum’s buzzer-beater.

Jackie Young led the Aces with 22 points, while A'ja Wilson added 19.

The Sun had a 23-point lead in the first half, the largest lead by either team in the series. Connecticut had 19 assists on 21 made field goals in the first half, and pulled down 18 rebounds (16 on the defensive end).

WNBA Finals schedule

Game 1: Las Vegas 67, Connecticut 64

Game 2: Las Vegas 85, Connecticut 71

Game 3: Connecticut 105, Las Vegas 76 (Aces lead 2-1)

Game 4:Las Vegas at Connecticut, 4 p.m. ET Sunday (ESPN)

Game 5: Connecticut at Las Vegas, 9 p.m. ET Tuesday (ESPN)*

* — if necessary