By Fatih Erel
ISTANBUL (AA) - NBA in a game on Tuesday between Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans commemorated the victims of a recent deadly earthquake in Turkey.
Electronic billboards displayed: "Our Prayers are with you Elazig and Malatya", referring to the eastern provinces of Turkey where a 6.8-magnitude quake claimed 41 lives and injured more than a thousand others.
"I thank all the members of the @cavs organization for showing their unity and support to the victims of Elazig earthquake. Proud to be a member of this lovely family," Cleveland Cavaliers' Turkish international Cedi Osman said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, NBA players Spencer Dinwiddie and Terrence Ross changed their jersey numbers after American legend Kobe Bryant's tragic death in a helicopter crash last week.
Both players will move on from number 8 to honor the legacy of Bryant, who played his entire 20-season career with Los Angeles Lakers. He wore numbers 8 and 24 during his decorated career.
Joel Embiid wore number 24 and scored 24 points on against Golden State Warriors as Philadelphia 76ers honored Bryant.
Philadelphia 76ers also observed a moment of silence and rang nine bells to recognize the lives lost in the crash.
The 76ers beat Golden State Warriors 115-104 in the Tuesday game.
- Tuesday's NBA results
*Philadelphia 76ers-Golden State Warriors: 115-104
*Charlotte Hornets-New York Knicks: 97-92
*Cleveland Cavaliers-New Orleans Pelicans: 111-125
*Toronto Raptors-Atlanta Hawks: 130-114
*Memphis Grizzlies-Denver Nuggets: 104-96
*Miami Heat-Boston Celtics: 101-109
*Milwaukee Bucks-Washington Wizards: 151-131
*Dallas Mavericks-Phoenix Suns:104-133