It's true. Nothing's shocking anymore. The Lakers were seemingly down to four players but beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-108, with help from an obscure rule that kept Robert Sacre in Wednesday's game after he picked up his sixth personal foul. The Lakers started with only eight players in uniform, lost two because of health reasons (Nick Young, Jordan Farmar) and then another two because of fouls (Chris Kaman, Sacre). So referee Jason Phillips saved the Lakers' day at Quicken Loans Arena. He informed them that Sacre could stay on the court despite picking up his sixth foul on a drive by CJ Miles with 3:32 to play. The only remaining Lakers were already on the court — Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Steve Blake, Kendall Marshall — and a team cannot drop to four players if there are no other options. Sacre was allowed to keep playing, a technical foul was assessed for the infraction and Cleveland made the free throw. The Lakers were ahead at the time of the foul, 111-101. "That was the craziest game I've ever seen," said Kaman, the 11-year veteran. Something like this hadn't happened since Devean George picked up a sixth foul but was allowed to keep playing for Golden State in 2010 against Portland, according to STATS. Coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't familiar with any of it. Farmar's return was out of the question after he left because of leg cramps with 9:39 to play. "The longer I played, the worse I felt," he said after compiling 21 points and eight assists in his first game since Dec. 31. Said Sacre: "We had no idea what was going to happen." Steve Nash was technically active for the game but did not suit up because it was the second night of back-to-back contests. Someone fished him out of the locker room, though, and he appeared near the bench in his game jersey.
Lakers get help from obscure rule to defeat Cavaliers
Los Angeles Times | Feb 6