The game, an instant classic, came down to the final possession, but Courtney Vandersloot's 3-point attempt didn't hit the rim.
Las Vegas was playing without Gray, a point guard who was the 2022 Finals MVP, and Stokes, a center and defensive standout, after both sustained foot injuries in Game 3.
Since February, fans and experts had penciled in the Aces and Liberty in a battle of superteams for the 2023 title. But in the end, Las Vegas was the last team standing. The Aces became the first team to win back-to-back championships since the Los Angeles Sparks won in 2001 and 2002.
Here's all the info you need for the Finals, including news, analysis and highlights.
(1) Las Vegas Aces defeat (2) New York Liberty, 3-1
Game 4: Las Vegas 70, New York 69
As a little girl, A'ja Wilson wanted to be the best at everything she did. Now she has led the Aces to the first back-to-back WNBA titles in 21 years, Michael Voepel writes.
The 2000 Houston Comets have long been the standard as the best WNBA championship team. But with Las Vegas running it back, is there a new No. 1? Michael Voepel and Kevin Pelton rank all the former champs.
Points: A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas -- 24
Rebounds: A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas -- 16
Assists: Jackie Young, Las Vegas -- 7
Game 3: New York 87, Las Vegas 73
The Liberty survived elimination as the Aces lost for the first time in this postseason. Now all eyes are on the severity of Chelsea Gray's injury, writes Michael Voepel and Alexa Philippou
Points: Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas -- 29
Rebounds: Breanna Stewart, New York -- 12
Assists: Sabrina Ionescu, New York -- 11
Game 2: Las Vegas 104, New York 76
Las Vegas leads 2-0 after hitting seven of its first nine shots, including four 3s, and scoring a WNBA Finals-record 38 points in the opening period, Michael Voepel writes.
Points: A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas, 26
Rebounds: A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas, 15
Assists: Chelsea Gray, Las Vegas -- 11
Game 1: Las Vegas 99, New York 82
The Liberty led by three points at half. They trailed by 13 early in the fourth. What went wrong for New York? What adjustments did Las Vegas make? The Aces stepped up their defense and guard play, Alexa Philippou writes.
Points: Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas -- 26; Jackie Young, Las Vegas -- 26
Rebounds: Jonquel Jones, New York -- 10
Assists: Chelsea Gray, Las Vegas -- 9