The Las Vegas Aces have not started their bid for a third consecutive championship on the best of footings. Without team leader, both on and off the court, Chelsea Gray, the Aces have sputtered to a 5-5 start, including a 1-4 stretch entering their Thursday night matchup against the Phoenix Mercury. But even amidst the Aces' tough past five games, A'ja Wilson has remained consistently great, and on Thursday, she led the team in a streak-busting 103-99 victory.

Wilson, who has been on a roll all season long (averaging 28-11 with two blocks entering Thursday), managed to put up one of the best performances of hers in a season filled with plenty of MVP-level nights. The Aces star put up 32 points on 10-17 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds, two steals, and one block, and top it all off, she went a perfect 11-11 from the foul line — just an overall decimation of the Mercury frontline.

And in so doing, A'ja Wilson tallied a feat that no one in the history of the WNBA has accomplished prior to this point. The Aces star became the first player in WNBA history to score at least 25 points in eight consecutive games, per Alexa Philippou of ESPN.

Moreover, Wilson extended her streak of most consecutive games of 20 points or more, with 16, and she now has career 11 games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, which is tied for fourth-most in WNBA history. She's only 27 years old, but she is racking up numbers at an unprecedented level, putting the Aces star on track to become arguably the greatest scorer the league has ever seen.

Wilson might crack the top-25 in WNBA career scoring as soon as next season if she continues to score at her current rate. It's important to note that she's not even halfway into her seventh season in the association, but her place up high on the all-time totem pole is only becoming more secure by the second.

The order of business for Wilson, however, is to continue leading the Aces to victory. They are now 6-5 on the season, but they will have to be more consistent as a team if they were to hold the fort until Chelsea Gray's return. On Thursday night against the Mercury, the Aces certainly showed signs of life in that regard.

A'ja Wilson finally gets some help from the Aces

Like mentioned earlier, A'ja Wilson has been as consistent as it gets for the Aces even though they haven't yet rounded into championship-level form as a team. Wilson has been putting up consistent scoring totals game after game, peaking with a 36-point night in a rousing win over the Dallas Wings, but her teammates haven't given her much support.

Kelsey Plum has struggled with her outside shot, and Jackie Young has been frigid from the field all season long. Both Plum and Young entered the Aces' Thursday night contest against the Mercury shooting below 40 percent from the field (Plum at 35.8 percent, Young at 39.7 percent), while the latter has been way off the mark from beyond the arc. Young was shooting 29.6 percent from three prior to their win over the Mercury, which is quite a drop-off from the 44.9 percent clip she shot at last season.

But the law of averages is considered a law for a reason. This was why believing that a turnaround was just around the corner for either Plum or Young. While Plum still had a rough shooting night on Thursday, finishing 5-16 from the field for 16 points, Young broke out of her slump in a major way to give A'ja Wilson the support she needs to lead the Aces to victory.

In the Aces' 103-99 win, it wasn't Wilson who finished as their leading scorer even though the two-time MVP scored 32. It was Jackie Young who lead the team in scoring after she tallied 34 points on a bonkers night from beyond the arc, making seven of her 13 attempts from deep and 11 of her 23 shots overall on the night.

Leading up to this game, Young has been shooting the ball woefully. She hit her rock bottom on June 7 when she shot 1-12 from the field in a 13-point loss to the Seattle Storm, and she followed that up with a meh 3-8 night in a 14-point defeat to the Minnesota Lynx. In fact, Young saw her minutes get cut against the Lynx, playing a season-low 22 minutes.

But Young is a two-time All-Star for a reason, and she showed why with a resounding effort in the Aces' win against the Mercury. While asking Young to shoot 7-13 from deep every night is an unrealistic ask, the hope now is that the 26-year old guard strings together a few more of these games as the Aces look to separate themselves from the pack.