LeBron James crashed into the crowd and injured the wife of golfer Jason Day as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-100 in the NBA on Thursday.
Ellie Day, with her head immobilized, was taken to hospital, where she was treated and released within hours.
James was scrambling for a loose ball in the fourth quarter when he plowed into her as she sat in a courtside chair.
James said he spoke with Ellie Day while she was being helped by medical personnel during a stoppage in play. Before he was given more information on her, James, who scored 33 points and flirted with a triple-double, was noticeably shaken when he left the floor following the Cavaliers win.
“For me, obviously, her health is very important and hopefully she is doing well,” James said. “The guys told me she’s doing great now. For me, just going for a loose ball, tried to keep the possession going, I just hate that that was the end result.”
Jason Day is the No. 2-ranked golfer in the world. He won the U.S. PGA Championship this year for his first major win on the U.S. PGA Tour. On Nov. 11, Ellie gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl named Lucy.
Tristan Thompson had 15 rebounds for the Cavs, who improved to 11-1 at home.
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, and Kevin Durant had 25 for the Thunder.
In Los Angeles, James Harden scored 25 points, and Dwight Howard added 16 points and 15 rebounds in the Houston Rockets’ second victory over the Lakers in six days, 107-87.
Terrence Jones had 16 points to help the Rockets avoid a winless three-game trip. They never trailed in their fifth straight win over the Lakers at Staples Center, Houston’s longest road winning streak in the rivalry’s history.
Kobe Bryant scored 22 points and dunked for the first time in his farewell season, but the Lakers followed up their fourth victory of the season with their 14th loss in 16 games.
Also, Charlotte’s Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 35 points and Kemba Walker had 27 as the Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 109-99 in overtime.
PJ Hairston added 14 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining in overtime that put the Hornets ahead to stay.
DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, and Kyle Lowry added 20 for Toronto. Bismack Biyombo, who spent four seasons with Charlotte, had a career-best 18 rebounds while also blocking seven shots and scoring eight points.
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