James returns from longest injury absence to spark Lakers to victory

James returns from longest injury absence to spark Lakers to victory

And he'd better get himself back in the swing of things as quickly as he can- the two-time defending champion Warriors are coming to Staples Center this weekend.

"I am at 80 percent right now, but I was good enough to feel confident to just keep pushing throughout the game", he said.

"Definitely ecstatic about being back out there with my guys, but being out five weeks, I'm feeling it right now", James said afterward.

The four-time MVP, who missed 17 games due to a groin injury, scored a team-high 24 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and delivered 9 assists in his first National Basketball Association game since Christmas Day. The superstar almost recorded a triple-double as he scored 24 points, recorded 14 rebounds, and dished out nine assists.

LeBron James may have missed 17 games, but his near triple-double performance against the Los Angeles Clippers led the Lakers to a 123-120 overtime win.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have officially started the process (at least we assume) to get a second superstar in Anthony Davis to play alongside LeBron James. "That's the tell-tale sign for me is how my body feels after having to play 40 minutes".

Kyle Kuzma (left hip strain) and Josh Hart (left knee tendinitis) also returned Thursday.

Their roster strength was telling as guard Lance Stephenson contributed 20 points, while forward Brandon Ingram had 19 to offset a 24-point showing from the Clippers' Lou Williams and 17 from fellow guard Patrick Beverley.

The Lakers went 6-11 without James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who entered the night averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34 games in his first season with the team. The Clippers will be without starters Danilo Gallinari and Avery Bradley, as well as Luch Mbah a Moute.

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