Staples Center security had to forcibly remove a fan during the fourth quarter of a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. Posted by Ben Golliver.
As we've already detailed, the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks got heated. Mavericks guard Jason Terry shoved Steve Blake to the ground, prompting an extended fracas that resulted in a total of four ejections. Meanwhile, Lakers forward Matt Barnes threw Terry Stotts, a Dallas Mavericks assistant coach, to the ground as well.
But the physical altercations weren't limited to the court. Staples Center security had to forcibly remove a fan who attempted to charge on the court near the Mavericks bench shortly after the fight broke out.
Play was interrupted as Lakers forward Lamar Odom was about to shoot his second free throw, with the Lakers leading, 90-78, with 7:58 remaining in the game. The Mavericks bench stood up as the commotion took place behind them but roughly five red coat wearing officers dragged the fan up the steps to the concourse and away from the game.
Here's video of the incident.
Here's a replay. Look carefully in the upper right hand corner and you can see the fan charging towards the court at a high rate of speed before being intercepted by security.
Kudos to the security team, who will all probably get commendations for their quick work and on-the-spot reactions.