Regina King narrowly avoids catastrophe as NBA player crashes into crowd: Watch

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Talk about a close call.

Regina King nearly got run over by a player while sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night to watch the New York Knicks take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

At some point during the third quarter of the game, 7-foot-tall 76ers center Joel Embiid was chasing a loose ball as he charged toward the sidelines, but he couldn't stop himself and crashed straight into the crowd. Because of Embiid's impressive hops, he was able to jump right over King -- but saving King was bad news for a Madison Square Garden statistician, who was sitting directly behind King as Embiid tumbled onto him.

Thankfully, everyone appeared to get through the incident unscathed, and all parties reacted to the moment after the fact.

"It's good that I saved her life, I guess, but someone else had to, like, take that," Embiid told ESPN, referring to the statistician. "I'm sorry about that."

King took to Twitter to thank Embiid herself.

"Yoooo. Thank you God and @JoelEmbiid for your athletic abilities," she said as she retweeted a clip of the incident. "Crisis averted."

The actress was lucky to avoid any serious injuries, bumps or bruises from the incident, as she's set to hit the Academy Awards red carpet in less than two weeks, where she's nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her award-winning turn in Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk."

Embiid and the 76ers went on to defeat the Knicks 126-111.