LeBron James to return Thursday night against Clippers

LeBron James

Guard Rajon Rondo, whose 14-game absence coincided with James' injury spell, benefited from having the team's "quarterback" back as he added 14 points and 13 rebounds.

He said: "I was good enough to feel confident to just keep pushing throughout the game".

"It's going to take me a little while to get my rhythm back", he told SportsNet.

James, who was hurt in the Lakers' win over Golden State on December 25, was initially listed as out for the Thursday night game on Wednesday, and then upgraded to doubtful on Thursday morning. The Lakers (27-25) now sit in the ninth spot in the Western Conference standings, but their win over the eight-place Clippers (28-24) cut their lead to only a game.

Per Chris Haynes, LeBron James is returning from a groin injury tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Stephenson scored the fast-break layup on a feed from LeBron James while getting hit by Marjanovic, who was assessed a personal foul.

Without James in the lineup, the Lakers went 6-11 so it was certainly a boost to have the King back on the floor.

It's the longest absence of LeBron's 16-year career which is a testament to how well he maintains his body and health. Everybody was huge. It is going to be different guys every night for our team.

With the game tied 118-118 in overtime, James scored the go-ahead basket.

Six players scored in double figures for the losing squad, as Lou Williams had a team-high 24 points.

James has not played in nearly five weeks as he injured his groin against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. Then the Lakers return home for two days before embarking on a four-game, seven-day road trip through Indiana, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

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