CLEVELAND (AP) -LeBron James returned to the Cavaliers' lineup Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing a game because of a sprained right ankle.
James missed Cleveland's 101-95 loss in Seattle on Thursday night after injuring the ankle the previous night against Portland.
James, the NBA's leading scorer at 30.1 points per game, went through a hard workout on the court before the game Saturday. The Cavaliers announced he would start about 45 minutes before gametime.
Cleveland is 0-6 without James this season. He missed five games in late November and early December after spraining his left index finger. The Cavaliers were 9-3 during the previous two years when James was sidelined.
James hurt the ankle with 23 seconds left before halftime against the Trail Blazers, but still played 44 minutes. He finished with 37 points and 14 rebounds, and his layup with less than a second left gave Cleveland an 84-83 victory.
James' injury wasn't the only problem the Cavaliers have been dealing with. Forward Anderson Varejao is expected to miss up to four weeks because of a left ankle sprain, and guard Sasha Pavlovic is out six weeks with a left mid-foot sprain.

Top NBA Public Bets

#1 509 Boston Celtics  85%
#2 512 Atlanta Hawks  66%
#3 508 Utah Jazz  56%

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Spurs vs. Grizzlies Game 6 Pick Will the San Antonio Spurs go on the road and finish off the Memphis Grizzlies when the two meet in Game 6...
Thumbnail Raptors vs. Bucks Game 6 Pick Can the Toronto Raptors close out the Milwaukee Bucks when the two meet in Game 6 of their NBA Playoffs series today at 7PM...
Thumbnail Bulls vs. Celtics Game 5 Pick Will the Boston Celtics stay hot when their NBA Playoff series with the Chicago Bulls returns home tonight for Game 5 at 8:30PM...
Thumbnail Hawks vs. Wizards Game 5 Pick Who has the edge when the Washington Wizards host the Atlanta Hawks meet up tonight at 6PM ET in Game 5 of...
Thumbnail Jazz vs. Clippers Game 5 Pick Will the Los Angeles Clippers be able to regroup at home when they host the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their...

NBA Team Pages