LeBron James returns for Lakers against Clippers

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 01, 2019 10:28 AM
LeBron James returns for Lakers against Clippers
FILE - LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a free throw to pass Wilt Chamberlain and move to the 5th spot on the NBA all time scoring list against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 14, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Beth Harris, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James is back in the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers after the longest injury-related absence of his 16-year career.

The leading All-Star vote-getter was set to play against the Clippers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) after being out for nearly five weeks.

Lakers coach Luke Walton says James won't be on a minutes restriction, but he'll be closely watched. The four-time league MVP has participated in two full-contact practices leading up to his return.

James' last game was on Christmas (Dec. 26, PHL time) at Golden State, where he strained his left groin.

The Lakers went 6-11 during James' absence and fell out of a potential playoff spot.

He is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

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