The Minnesota Timberwolves dedicated their game ball to George Floyd's family after defeating the Kings 134-120 on Tuesday night in Sacramento.
The win came hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the murder of Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
"I think for all of us, we all felt that this game was bigger than basketball," Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns said after the game. "This was a moment that wasn't meant for us, this was meant for our city and for George Floyd's family. I think everyone in America right now is grieving with them and sending our prayers, blessings and love towards them.
"They need it for countless days. They've been reminded of the tragedy that has taken place in their family and never truly got a chance to grieve and recover in any sort of way. So I think for us we were just trying to do our part to let them know that we're here with them, that this game of basketball is only just a little part of who we are. And this organization in us wanted to really show them that we're going to be with them every step of the way we possibly can to help them in this process, in this grieving process ... just to repair their lives as much as we possibly can."
Towns acknowledged that he was nervous throughout the day because of the uncertainty over how the verdict would play out. He said he was worried for the safety of the community.
"I didn't know what was going to happen," Towns said. "I had sweated so much I had to take a shower because I didn't know how it was going to go. My feelings towards it was, we've seen moments like this so much that go the opposite way, that even with how quick the verdict came in, you still have no idea where it's going to go.