CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) – The depleted Los Angeles Lakers had to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out in the fourth quarter of a 119-108 victory over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Rookie Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 26 points and Steve Blake had his first career triple-double for Los Angeles, which snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Lakers went 18 for 37 from 3-point range.
But Los Angeles’ first win in two weeks was overshadowed by a bizarre ending.
When Chris Kaman fouled out and Jordan Farmar left with an injury in the fourth quarter, the Lakers were down to five available players.
So coach Mike D’Antoni had to keep Sacre in the game after he committed his sixth foul with 3:32 left, drawing a technical.