WNBA playoffs 2023: Schedule, results, news and highlights

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023 3:51AM

The Las Vegas Aces, New York Liberty and Dallas Wings have all swept their way into the WNBA semifinals. Will the Minnesota Lynx or Connecticut Sun -- who meet Wednesday in a winner-take-all Game 3 -- join them?

The defending champion Aces beat the Chicago Sky on Sunday to earn their spot in the semis.

The Liberty clinched their first trip to the semifinals since 2015 with an overtime win Tuesday over the Washington Mystics. The Wings routed the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday to advance past the first round for the first time in franchise history since 2009.

The semifinals -- a best-of-five series with a 2-2-1 format in which the higher seed hosts Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, 5 -- open Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Las Vegas is trying to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Los Angeles Sparks won in 2001 and 2002. The Aces were also the top seed in 2022, when they won their first championship.

Las Vegas and New Yorkentered the season with high expectations, designated as superteams and the clear favorites. They were one of four teams -- along with the Sun and Wings-- to finish the regular season with a winning record.


(1) Las Vegas Aces defeat (8) Chicago Sky 2-0

Game 1: At Las Vegas 87, Chicago 59

Game 2: At Las Vegas 92, Chicago 70

(2) New York Liberty defeat (7) Washington Mystics 2-0

Game 1: At New York 90, Washington 75

Game 2: At New York 90, Washington 85 OT

(3) Connecticut Sun vs. (6) Minnesota Lynx

Game 1: At Connecticut 90, Minnesota 60

Game 2: Minnesota 82, at Connecticut 75

Game 3: Connecticut at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET Wednesday (ESPN)

(4) Dallas Wings defeat (5) Atlanta Dream 2-0

Game 1: At Dallas 94, Atlanta 82

Game 2: At Dallas 101, Atlanta 74


(1) Las Vegas Aces vs. (4) Dallas Wings

Game 1:: Dallas at Las Vegas, 5 p.m. ET Sunday (ESPN2)

Game 2: Dallas at Las Vegas, 10 p.m. ET Tuesday (ESPN2)

Game 3: Las Vegas at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 29 (ESPN2)

Game 4*: Las Vegas as Dallas, tip TBD, Oct. 1 (TBD)

Game 5*: Dallas at Las Vegas, tip TBD, Oct. 3 (TBD)


(2) New York Liberty vs. TBD

Game 1: TBD at New York, 1 p.m. ET Sunday (ESPN)

Game 2: TBD at New York, 8 p.m. ET Tuesday (ESPN2)

Game 3: New York at TBD, 7:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 29 (ESPN2)

Game 4: New York at TBD, tip TBD, Oct. 1 (TBD)

Game 5: TBD at New York, tip TBD, Oct. 3 (TBD)

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