Lakers fans were on their feet Sunday night for three American heroes honored for foiling a terrorist attack on a train in Paris in August.
Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, all friends since childhood, made an appearance at Staples Center during Sunday's Laker game against the Detroit Pistons.
The crowd went wild for the three who stopped a suspected terrorist from carrying out an attack on a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris on Aug. 21. Spencer Stone was stabbed while he fought off the man who was armed with an AK-47.
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"It was super obvious what he planned to do, so there wasn't a lot of thinking," Stone said. "I just got up and went, and we fought. Alek and Anthony helped me subdue him."
The celebration was preceded by a dark moment of silence before the game to honor those lost during Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.
"You have to be ready at all times because you never know when something life changing, for better or worse, is going to happen," Skarlatos said.
Friday's deadly terror attacks in Paris were not lost on anyone at the game, least of all the three men.
Sadler wore the same Lakers shirt that he wore the day he helped stop the attack.
"It feels very personal because of what we went through," Sadler said. "To see it happen again and the people we've connected with since, our hearts go out to France, and Paris specifically."
Fans also expressed gratitude for the bravery of the three men.
"For them to do what they did speaks volumes to their character and they're absolutely heroes for what they've done for our country and the world," Henry Wang, Lakers fan at the game, said.
Skarlatos is competing on "Dancing with the Stars."