After the Richmond Tigers’ second premiership in three years, coach Damien Hardwick said he had used US sports teams the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Red Wings as examples to live by.
Golden State Warriors remain alive in the NBA Finals after a late scoring burst by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson powered the defending champions to a courageous win over the Toronto Raptors.
The Warriors faced elimination if they lost on Monday, but they overcome a torrid Toronto crowd and the disappointment of watching All-Star Kevin Durant limp off the court to win game five 106-105.
The Raptors were up 103-97 with two minutes to go but Warriors’ sharpshooters Curry, 31 points, and Thompson, 26 points, refused to lie down.
They dropped successive three-pointers to take the game and force a game six on their home court in Oakland on Thursday.
The Warriors were inspired early by superstar Durant who sat out for 32 days with an injured calf muscle.
He hit his first three three-pointers and had 11 points in 11 minutes.
But early in the second quarter Durant attempted to dribble past Raptors forward Serge Ibaka and his suspect calf gave out; he left the game and didn’t return.
The Warriors’ Australian back-up centre Andrew Bogut was scoreless in a two-minute stint at the start of the second term.