CLEVELAND -- The Los Angeles Lakers had just five healthy players on the roster at the end of the game.
And one of them was playing with six personal fouls.
Despite all the wackiness, the Lakers prevailed over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-108, on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Lakers (17-32) dressed just eight players and seven of them scored in double figures. The only player who didn't, guard Nick Young, left the game with a twisted left knee in the first half and didn't return.
"It was interesting, to say the least," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Center Robert Sacre picked up his sixth foul with 3:32 to play. However, the Lakers' only player on the bench, guard Jordan Farmar, had his leg iced because of cramping. So, Sacre remained in the game.
"I knew they would attack him," D'Antoni said. "I didn't think he would foul that many times to where it would kill us. We had a big enough lead to where I thought we were OK."
Guard Steve Nash was active, but was in street clothes. He switched to his uniform in the late going.
"I wasn't going to go to (Nash)," D'Antoni said. "That wouldn't be fair to him. Jordan Farmar could have just stood out there somewhere, but that wouldn't have been the best thing."
Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly finished with a career-high 26 points and six rebounds.
Farmar added 21 points and eight assists, while forward Wesley Johnson had 20 points and nine rebounds.
The Lakers were leading by 18 after three quarters, 98-80, then had to hold on for dear life.
A clutch 3-pointer by Steve Blake with 1:17 left iced the contest. He had a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, a game-high 15 assists and seven turnovers.
Guard C.J. Miles had a game-high 27 points for the Cavs (16-33), who have now lost six in a row, as well as eight of their last nine.
Center Anderson Varejao added 15 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Cavs.
Cavs coach Mike Brown benched all his starters for the fourth quarter, with the exception of Varejao.
"That last group on the floor gave us a chance to win," Brown said. "Maybe we can learn something from what that group did on the floor."
Brown sent C.J. Miles, Dion Waiters, Matthew Dellavedova, Anthony Bennett and Varejao into the game.
They outscored the Lakers in the fourth quarter, 28-21, and narrowed their deficit to six points at one juncture.
"Our second unit did a heck of a job," Cavs guard Kyrie Irving said. "They believed they could get back in the game. They fought their butts off."
Irving said he doesn't think a message was sent to the players on the bench.
"If I were the coach, I would have played that second unit to the end," he said.
The ending was an odd one, even for veterans who thought they'd seen it all.
"I've never seen anything like that," Lakers center Chris Kaman said. "I asked (assistant coach Kurt Rambis) and (athletic trainer Gary Vitti), they've been around 30 years and neither one of them have seen anything like that. It was interesting. I don't think you'll ever see anything like that again."
If Sacre had committed another personal foul, he would have been assessed with a technical foul.