Patty Mills and Aron Baynes are just one win away from an NBA Championship.
The Australian duo’s San Antonio Spurs crushed the Miami Heat for the second consecutive game, giving the Spurs a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven finals series.
San Antonio, helped by 14 points from Mills including four three-pointers, won Thursday’s game four in Miami 107-86.
They can secure the championship Sunday on their home court, although last year’s finals collapse where they led 3-2 before falling to the Heat is fresh in their minds.
“The Heat are a great team and aren’t going to back down,” Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who led with 20 points and 14 rebounds, said.
“We just have to stick with it.”
Even after one of Mills’ rare misses, Leonard flew to the basket, grabbed the ball and performed a spectacular dunk.
The Spurs have shot phenomenally the last two games.
In game three on Sunday they hit a record 76 per cent from the floor in the first half before racing away to a 111-92 win and the Spurs continued that form on Thursday.
Canberra-born point guard Mills sank five of his eight shots, including four from six three-pointers, for his 14 points from 16 minutes on the floor.
Starting point guard Tony Parker had 19 points while Tim Duncan had just 10 points, but dominated the boards alongside Leonard with 11.
“If you shoot 54 per cent, you’re in pretty good shape,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said of team’s hot shooting performance.
The Heat were expecting the Spurs to cool off on Thursday, but with San Antonio building up a big early lead the Miami crowd showered their team with boos.
Miami’s LeBron James had 28 points and eight rebounds, but Dwyane Wade, with 10 points, and Chris Bosh, 12 points and four rebounds, did not provide the support needed.
“They played great,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the Spurs.
“I can honestly say none of us expected this type of performance.
“We just couldn’t get into a rhythm on any side of the ball.”
If the Spurs do extinguish the Heat, it would be the club’s fifth championship, but the first for Mills and Baynes.
Baynes had two points and one rebound.