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 3-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.
Sacre 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.
Farmar scored 21 points, and Wesley Johnson added 20 for the Lakers.
C.J. Miles led Cleveland with 27 points. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was taken out with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter and finished with 11 points as the Cavaliers lost their sixth consecutive game.
Celtics 114, 76ers 108
PHILADELPHIA — Jeff Green scored 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter to lead Boston.
Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. The Celtics improved to 17-33, winning their second straight game after losing 19 of 22. Rajon Rondo added eight points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to help Boston improve to 2-6 since he returned from a serious knee injury.
Thaddeus Young had 20 points for Philadelphia.
Spurs 125, Wizards 118, 2OT
WASHINGTON — Tim Duncan scored a season-high 31 points before fouling out in the second overtime, and San Antonio beat Washington Wizards for an NBA-high 16th time in a row.
Patty Mills scored 11 of his 23 points in the two overtimes for the Spurs, who haven’t lost to the Wizards since Nov. 12, 2005. The Spurs moved ahead of Miami’s 15-game domination of Charlotte for the longest current team-vs.-team streak.
Duncan also had 11 rebounds, and Danny Green added 22 points for San Antonio, but Tony Parker left at halftime with tightness in his lower back and did not return.
Magic 112, Pistons 98
ORLANDO, Fla. — Rookie Victor Oladipo came off the bench to score 20 points, and Glen Davis had 18 to help Orlando beat Detroit.
Josh Smith scored 25 points for Detroit.