Andrew Wiggins' defensive effort and glass dominance in Game 4 of the NBA Finals helped the Warriors square the series at 2-2.
The slim, agile forward scored 17 points, grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, and restricted Jayson Tatum to 23 points on 23 shots.
His 43-minute performance Friday showed his will to win.
His competitiveness was questioned during his six seasons with the Timberwolves.
Wiggins had athleticism, a quick first step, and ball-handling ability at 6-foot-8, but he didn't become a star, leading critics to feel he wasn't maximising his abilities.
"I've always been competitive. Wiggins told Yahoo Sports he was on a losing team in Minnesota. "I used to score more and accomplish everything, but now I'm a winner.
Winning makes people appreciate what I do. I don't respect losers. Everyone wants to win, but few can. People appreciate winners, so I'm delighted here."
Wiggins is in his third season with the Warriors after being traded in 2020. His freshman season shows he's always been competitive.
Wiggins was the 2014 NBA draft's first overall choice. LeBron James made headlines when he returned to Cleveland after four years with the Miami Heat.
Wiggins' fate was unknown as management hastily assembled a championship roster around James.
Wiggins went nearly two months without playing for the franchise that drafted him.
Wiggins told Yahoo Sports, "It was rough." "No lying."Wiggins was traded to Minnesota for All-Star power forward Kevin Love in late August.
Wiggins was traded to Minnesota for All-Star power forward Kevin Love in late August.
The future Rookie of the Year reminded Cleveland in two games that season why they picked him first overall.
Wiggins scored 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting in Cleveland in late December. It was his second-highest score.
Late January was the final game. Wiggins scored 33 points on 14-of-25 shooting in 43 minutes despite Minnesota's loss.
Wiggins told Trend Wire Sports, "I had them circled." "I knew they'd come. Ready"
Wiggins scored 35 points in their third matchup, shooting 12-for-19. Wiggins didn't beat the Cavaliers until his fourth season, but he made his point.
"I wanted to show them what they were missing, that I'm better here. Wiggins told Yahoo Sports that was his mindset. "Playing a trading squad was always fun and competitive. It wasn't easy, but it kept me motivated and competitive.
James, Love, and Kyrie Irving won a title in their second season after overcoming a 3-1 Finals deficit to beat the Warriors in 2016.
Wiggins understands why the Cavaliers surrounded James with veterans and bears no grudges.
He wants to clarify.
"I've always wanted to win. He told TrendWire Sports that shouldn't have been questioned.