Lakers win a wacky game

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Robert Sacre fouled out, but remained in the game on Wednesday vs the Cavaliers.Wednesday’s contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers began odd considering the Lakers dressed only eight players, but no one could have predicted how quirky the game's ending would be. The Lakers eventually pulled out all the stops to break a seven-game losing streak.

Sacre fouls out, keeps playing

Los Angeles dressed eight players for the game. Nick Young and Jordan Farmar suffered injuries and could not return. First, Chris Kaman fouled out, then backup center Robert Sacre fouled out with 3:31 remaining in the 4th quarter. Sacre was allowed to continue playing because of a little-known rule that stated the last disqualified player had to remain on the court if the team didn’t have any remaining healthy and eligible players.

The Lakers were assessed a technical foul because they did not have any remaining healthy players. Had Sacre committed any additional fouls (which he did not), the Lakers would have been assessed a technical foul as well.

Lakers huge offensive night

The Lakers were hot out of the gate tonight, scoring 70 first-half points. It was their highest scoring half of the season.

Steve Blake recorded his second career triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Over the last quarter century, the only other Lakers players with at least 15 assists in a triple-double are Kobe Bryant (once in 2002) and Magic Johnson (14 times from 1988-91).

15 Assists in a Triple-Double
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The Lakers made 18 three-pointers, a franchise record for a regulation game. The only game in franchise history where they made more came in an overtime loss to the Wizards in December 2006.

Cavaliers trade making no difference

A futile first half hurt the Cavaliers. They shot 1-18 from three-point range in the first half, the worst half for any team with at least 15 attempts in a half this season.

The Cavaliers have now matched their season-worst losing skid at six. Since trading for Luol Deng on January 7, they are 5-10 – an identical record to the 15 games before the trade. Deng was 1-10 from the field Wednesday. His 10 percent from the field was the worst shooting percentage of his career in a game in which he had at least 10 attempts.