The Golden State Warriors are one win away from their seventh NBA title after Andrew Wiggins inspired his team with a 104-94 victory over the Boston Celtics.
The Warriors lead the group 3-2 and could claim their fourth title in eight years by winning Game Six of the Best of Seven competition in Boston on Thursday.
Wiggins led Golden State with 26 points, while Clay Thompson added another 21 points.
But Stephen Curry, who starred in Game 4 with 43 points, missed all of his three-point attempts on Tuesday.
Curry has never been without a three-pointer in his 133 playoffs, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the player “maybe he needed a game like that.”
Wiggin’s achievement comes 36 years after his father Mitchell came off the bench to lead the Houston Rockets to victory over the same opponents in Game Five of the 1986 NBA Finals.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Wiggins said. “It’s something I worked hard for, and it’s something the team worked hard for, so I’m excited. I can hardly wait for it.”
He added, “We are here and hungry. The team that wants it the most will get it and we want it.”
Jason Tatum scored a game-high 27 points for the Celtics, who led the series 2-1.
But just as in the Eastern Conference semi-final against the Milwaukee Bucks, they now need back-to-back wins to win.