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Bill Laimbeer makes WNBA history, becomes second head coach ever to reach 300 wins

A two-time NBA Champion in his playing days, Bill Laimbeer made WNBA history on Thursday (ET).

With the Las Vegas Aces' 78-71 win over the Atlanta Dream, the 6-foot-11 big man became the second head coach in WNBA history to reach 300 victories.

He reached the landmark in 514 games and only trails Mike Thibault - the current head coach of the Washington Mystics - who has 354 victories to his name.

As a head coach, he is a 3-time WNBA Champion (2003, 2006, 2008) and a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015).

The 2021 WNBA season is Laimbeer's 17th year in the league, all of which have been split across three franchises - Detroit Shock (2002-2009), New York Liberty (2013-2017) and Las Vegas Aces (2018 - present).

In the Aces' comeback victory, A'ja Wilson was the star performer with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. With the victory, the Las Vegas franchise improved to an 18-7 record which is just one game behind the league-leading Connecticut Sun.

The Sun, who were one of four other teams in action on Thursday (ET), extended their win streak to seven courtesy Jonquel Jones' heroics.

The Connecticut franchise's 76-72 home win kept them at the top of the standings and improved their record to 19-6.

In the third and final game of the slate, Arike Ogunbowale led the Dallas Wings to a 12-point comeback win over the Washington Mystics with 26 points and a career-high nine assists.

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