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LAS VEGAS -- The Aces received their championship rings then unveiled and raised their WNBA title banner, lifting it into place Tuesday night alongside their first banner won two seasons ago.

Las Vegas celebrated its back-to-back crowns ahead of its regular-season opener against the Phoenix Mercury.

And it doesn't sound as if the Aces are finished.

"We're back," team owner Mark Davis told the sellout crowd. "Not only are we back, we're back-to-back world champions."

He concluded by saying, "All I can say is let's three-peat."

Las Vegas brings its roster back for another run at the title, but point guard Chelsea Gray remains out with a leg injury suffered in last season's Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.

The Aces debuted their new silver and black uniforms, more closely mirroring those of Davis' other Las Vegas team, the Raiders.

Davis, who sat next to Aces minority owner and seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert, greeted coach Becky Hammon and the Las Vegas players when they were introduced to the crowd.

Finals MVP A'ja Wilson was showered with chants of "MVP" from the sellout crowd.

"We're so grateful to have a fan base that is supportive of us," Wilson told the fans. "We're blessed to be in this situation. We worked our butts off to get to this point, so we just want to say thank you."

Engelbert could have been in Connecticut for Caitlin Clark's debut with the Indiana Fever but instead took center stage in Las Vegas.

"The favorite part of my job is handing out the trophy and then the following year helping hand out the rings," Engelbert said before the ceremony. "So, this is important -- back-to-back champions."

The Aces are hoping to become the first team since the Houston Comets from 1997 to 2000 to win at least three titles in a row and the second club to ever accomplish the feat.

Las Vegas became the first team since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001 and 2002 to repeat as champions when the Aces beat the New York Liberty in four games last year.

The Aces won 89-80 in Tuesday's opener.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.