CLEVELAND – LeBron James crashed into the crowd and injured the wife of golf star Jason Day during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 104-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last night. Ellie Day was taken from the arena on a backboard. There was no immediate report on her condition.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound James was scrambling for a loose ball in the fourth quarter when he plowed into her as she sat in a courtside side.
Day is the No. 2-ranked golfer in the world. He won the PGA Championship this year for his first major win on the PGA Tour. On Nov. 11, Ellie gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl named Lucy.
James scored 33 points and added 11 assists and nine rebounds. 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.
Over in Charlotte Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 35 points, Kemba Walker had 27 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 109-99 in overtime.
P.J. 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, Kyle Lowry added 20 and Terrence Ross had 17 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.
In the night’s final game, the Houston Rockets had a comfortable 107-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.