With many games played every NBA season, there always seems something new or never seen before is going to happen. There have been a handful of exciting and weird games through NBA history, but this is one of the most bizarre.
Back in the 2013-2014 season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were hosting the Los Angeles Lakers in a regular-season game in February. Both teams were out of the playoff race already, so they played a lot of their younger and unknown players.
That especially implied to the Lakers who just had eight active players for the game, as they were struck with numerous injuries. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Jordan Hill, Jodie Meeks, and Xavier Henry were all out for the game.
To make things worse, Nick Young twisted his ankle, Jordan Farmar injured his left calf, and Chris Kaman fouled out with 8:29 left in the 4th quarter. It would leave the Lakers with just five players left to finish a close game.
And then another problem arose for the Lakers. Robert Sacre got his 6th personal with 3:31 left in the game, causing massive confusion on the court, as nobody was sure what to do now. But as the NBA rules indicate that you can’t have less than five players on the floor, Sacre had to stay in the game. But the Lakers would receive a team technical foul, and Sacre would get technical for every next foul he committed.
The NBA rules and regulations states:
Each team shall consist of five players. No team may be reduced to less than five players. If a player in the game receives his sixth personal foul and all substitutes have already been disqualified, said player shall remain in the game and shall be charged with a personal and team foul. A technical foul also shall be assessed against his team. All subsequent personal fouls, including offensive fouls, shall be treated similarly. All players who have six or more personal fouls and remain in the game shall be treated similarly.
Sacre managed to keep himself from committing any more fouls, but the crazy part is that even though all the troubles that game, the Lakers managed to get the 119-108 win. Thankfully, Steve Blake had a career game getting a triple-double, and Ryan Kelley finished the game with 26 points.
So who was more embarrassed after the game? The Lakers who put themselves in that situation or the Cavaliers who lost to a team that barely had enough active players. This game will be remembered as one of the most bizarre games in recent NBA history.