The Golden State Warriors did win in Sacramento on Saturday night, beating the host Kings 112-96, but a scary fall suffered by Patrick McCaw was the moment that stood out.
In the final minute of the third quarter with the Warriors leading by 17, McCaw went up for a layup and collided with Vince Carter. McCaw crashed to the floor underneath the hoop and rolled in pain on the ground before coming to rest. He was stabilized, taken off the court on a stretcher and transported to UC Davis Medical Center. His CT scan came back clean following the game.
Following the injury, players from both teams huddled in prayer. Though head coach Steve Kerr initially berated Carter for the play, he was later seen consoling the veteran, as both teams were visibly shaken after the injury. The delay, which occurred with 41.8 seconds left in the period, lasted approximately 10 minutes.
By the time of the injury, the Warriors had opened up a comfortable lead behind the return of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Thompson scored 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting, Green had nine rebounds and Kevin Durant led all scorers with a game-high 27 points, and he also pulled down 10 rebounds to complete the double-double. Quinn Cook rounded out the double-figure scoring for Golden State (55-21) with 10 points in 27 minutes. The Warrior bench accounted for 35 points, led by David West, who chipped in eight.
Sacramento (24-53) never led after the first quarter. Buddy Hield led the Kings with 19 points off the bench, while De’Aaron Fox scored 15. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Willie Cauley-Stein each scored 12 for the hosts.
The Warriors trailed 25-22, but Durant scored the final six points of the quarter to give them the lead for good. In all, he scored 15 in the opening 12 minutes. Golden State led by as much as 12 in the second quarter and was up eight at halftime. The lead grew to 24 by the end of the third as they outscored Sacramento 36-20 in the quarter that was marred by McCaw’s injury.
With the win, the Warriors conclude the season series with Sacramento having split four meetings, with the visiting team emerging victorious every time.
Golden State will host the Phoenix Suns at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow before heading out for a two-game Midwestern trip.