CLEVELAND — The depleted Los Angeles Lakers had to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out in the fourth quarter of their 119-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Rookie Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 26 points and Steve Blake had his first career triple-double with 11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds to help Los Angeles snap a seven-game losing streak. The Lakers went 18 for 37 from three-point range, but Los Angeles’ first win in two weeks was overshadowed by a bizarre ending.
The Lakers had eight available players coming into the game. Then Nick Young twisted his left knee in the first half and Chris Kaman fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
When Jordan Farmar left with an injury in the final period, that put Los Angeles at five players.
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Sacre, who played collegiately for Gonzaga, committed his sixth foul with 3:32 remaining, but stayed in the game because coach Mike D’Antoni was out of healthy bodies. The Lakers were assessed a technical foul.
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• LeBron James had 31 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, former Sonic Ray Allen hit a clinching three-pointer in the final minute, and the Miami Heat snapped a five-game road losing streak against the stubborn Los Angeles Clippers with a 116-112 victory. Los Angeles got 31 points from Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School.
• DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 10 rebounds and former Husky Isaiah Thomas added 23 points as the host Sacramento Kings held off the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter for a 109-101 victory.
• Jeff Green scored 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter to lead the Boston Celtics over the host Philadelphia 76ers 114-108. Former Husky Tony Wroten scored 18 points for the Sixers and ex-Husky Spencer Hawes had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
• New NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he’s impressed with the proposal for a new arena for the Sacramento Kings. Silver visited with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive on his first trip since taking over.
• The New Orleans Pelicans and Louisiana-based Smoothie King reached a 10-year agreement to rename the New Orleans Arena as the Smoothie King Center.