Undermanned Lakers pull off one of the craziest wins you'll ever see
FEB 05, 2014 7:14p ET
We know what you're thinking: The Lakers are terrible this season and they've had a lot of big wins over the years.
But let us explain what happened. First they started off the game with just eight players:
The three who were ready to come off the bench were Chris Kaman, Kendall Marshall, and Nick "Swaggy P" Young.
Fans freaked out over that photo:
But then the Lakers got off to a hot start and led by double digits after the first quarter:
The Lakers stayed hot and had a 21-point lead at halftime.
The 70 first half points are the most the Lakers have scored in any half this season. LAL shot 25/40 (62.5%) from the field & 10/17 from 3.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 6, 2014
Then the Lakers lost another player, as Young went out with a twisted left knee, and the bench looked a tad silly:
Here's another amazing picture of their bench:
Things got even more strange after that as Kaman fouled out, meaning the Lakers had just six players available.
Then Farmar got hurt so the Lakers were down to five players.
Not crazy enough for you? Sacre fouled out late in the fourth quarter, leaving the Lakers with just four players.
The NBA won't let you play with four players, however, so Sacre stayed in ... but with a catch:
Despite having 6 fouls, Robert Sacre will remain in the game. A technical was assessed, and each subsequent foul will also be a T.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 6, 2014
The Lakers were somehow able to hold on. Steve Nash, who was listed as eligible for the game but didn't suit up, showed up on the bench in uniform late in the fourth but never entered the game.
Mike D'Antoni on the game finishing w/only 4 eligible players + Sacre (6 PF's): "It was interesting to say the least."— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 6, 2014
Kelly, by the way, led the Lakers with 26 points.
Pau Gasol, who's out with a groin injury, was impressed:
The Lakers (now 17-33) had lost seven straight games heading into the "showdown" with the Cavs.
Lineups like this, however, should help the Lakers' chances in the NBA draft lottery.
They just need to stop playing the Cavs.