LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein knew who to credit for his first game-winning basket.
“Basketball gods,” he said.
Cauley-Stein made a follow shot with two seconds left to cap the Sacramento Kings’ rally from an 18-point, fourth-quarter deficit for a 98-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
He had been called for an offensive foul against Chris Paul on the Kings’ previous possession.
“That wasn’t a foul. I think he flopped,” Cauley-Stein said. “And then they gave it back to us. I end up getting my first game-winner. I think it was meant to be like that.”
With the Kings’ rally still one point shy at 97-96, Buddy Hield rebounded Jamal Crawford’s missed 3-pointer and fired a length-of-the-court pass to Ben McLemore, whose layup attempt over two Clippers was too hard, bouncing off the rim to Cauley-Stein, who put it back up and in.
“I just remember taking off and seeing Ben had…