LAS VEGAS -- Erica Wheeler earned MVP honors with 25 points and Brittney Griner dunked three times in a losing effort as Team A'ja Wilson beat Team Elena Delle Donne 129-126 Saturday, July 27, in a fast-paced WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas.
Wheeler, of the Indiana Fever, scored 25 points to lead seven players in double figures for Team Wilson, which led by as many as 23 points in the first half before holding on in the final minute.
The game featured a record 34 made 3-pointers, including seven from Wheeler. Team Wilson was 21 of 55 from beyond the arc, while Team Delle Donne was 13 of 52.
The WNBA tested hockey-like substitutions in the game in which the team on offense freely replaced players without a stoppage in play, and the league also used a 20-second shot clock instead of the usual 24 seconds.
Natasha Howard of the Seattle Storm and Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky each had 14 points for Team Wilson at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The Phoenix Mercury's Griner became the first player to have multiple dunks -- all in the first half -- in the WNBA All-Star Game.
Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks led Team Delle Donne with 22 points. Kristi Toliver of the Washington Mystics and Griner each had 16. Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Team Delle Donne cut the lead to five points on four occasions with less than four minutes to go in the game but failed to get closer until Ogwumike made a layup with 41.5 seconds left to cut the lead to 126-123.
Wheeler responded with a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to increase the lead to 129-123 before Toliver made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
Wheeler came off the bench and made her first six 3-point attempts, finishing with 18 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Her production, plus 11 points from Kayla McBride of the Las Vegas Aces, helped Team Wilson take a 77-63 lead at halftime.
Team Wilson maintained at least a six-point lead in the third quarter before taking a 105-95 lead into the fourth quarter. Quigley helped Team Wilson with eight points in the third quarter, including two 3-pointers.