LA Lakers Clown Basketball Convention in Wacky Win over Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — Losers of 19 of their previous 22 games, it was logical to wonder if the Los Angeles Lakers could make anyone—themselves included—smile anymore.

So it was completely unexpected for Los Angeles to deliver an unforgettable victory Wednesday night.

The Lakers have had their share of circuses over the years. This was different: This crew of broken-down, sad clowns somehow came up with one of the greatest basketball shows on earth, albeit definitely of the novelty-act variety.

L.A. ran out of healthy bodies against the Cleveland Cavaliers, prompting Robert Sacre to stay in the game with six fouls. Thanks to an obscure NBA rule, the team was assessed a technical foul if he committed an additional personal foul.

Afterward, center Chris Kaman asked longtime Lakers Kurt Rambis and Gary Vitti if they’d ever seen anything like that. (They hadn’t.) Guard Kendall Marshall was so eager to share with the world what had just happened that he quizzed staffers in the locker room whether there was an NBA rule prohibiting him from tweeting immediately after the game.

Even the referees walking out of the arena were amazed, telling stories of the zaniest other games they’d ever worked.

“How crazy was that?” forward Nick Young asked reporters. “That’s the type of year we’re having.”

Young was talking about the injuries, including the one to his left knee that is scheduled for an MRI Thursday morning after being hurt in the second quarter.

The only Lakers to have played every game this season—Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill—had gotten hurt Tuesday night and couldn’t play Wednesday. The only game Young has missed this season was because of league suspension, so it was akin to a horror movie’s predictable plot that he wound up the next man down.

Young was left ...

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