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Penelope Cruz had a lucky escape during a Christmas Day trip to a basketball match when a towering player fell into the crowd and almost poleaxed the pregnant actress.

The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star attended the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Miami Heat in California on Saturday night with husband Javier Bardem.

She narrowly avoided an injury when a Lakers player launched himself into the air reaching for the ball and smashed into a row of fans just inches from where Cruz and Bardem were sitting.

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