The Warriors went into Tuesday night with a chance to clinch the team's first NBA title in 40 years.
Harrison Barnes was also looking to end a dry streak of his own, as the 23-year-old small forward had gone his whole life without having a sip of alcohol.
Before the game, Barnes told reporters that should the team complete its championship run, he would be willing to break with his teetotaling ways in order to celebrate the accomplishment with his teammates.
Harrison Barnes has never had a taste of alcohol. I asked him what happens if the Dubs win: “That’s over. I’m celebrating.”— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) June 17, 2015
When the final buzzer sounded and the Warriors began to celebrate, Barnes kept his promise with one of the most enjoyable first sips of alcohol on record.
While Barnes dropped his no alcohol policy for the night, the team's other alcohol abstainer, Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, managed to fight off the peer pressure and say no to the alcohol despite the momentous occasion, according to Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins.
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