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.
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