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Little-Known NBA Rule Allows Lakers To Play Game With 4 Eligible Players

The referees in charge of last night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers had to go deep into the league's rulebook. LA started the game with eight players on its active roster, due to a ridiculous number of injuries recently incurred. And after guards Nick Young and Jordan Farmar got injured themselves during the game, the squad was left with just six players. Center Chris Kaman then fouled out early in the fourth quarter, leaving the Lakers with barely enough players to field a team. Backup center Robert Sacre then got his sixth foul with 3:31 to play in the fourth quarter, seemingly leaving LA with just four players.

But a little-known NBA rule that states that a team cannot play without at least five players saved them - Sacre was allowed to continue playing, despite the six fouls. Even Pau Gasol had no clue what was going on.

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The crazy thing? The Lakers won, 119-108. It's been a tough week for Cavs fans. First, star point guard Kyrie Irving is rumored to want out of town. Now, they lose to a team that can barely even put enough players on the floor.