LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts finish of the sport after shedding to the Sacramento Kings at Staples Heart on April 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Photos/AFP
Lakers star LeBron James returned to motion Friday evening and scored 16 factors as Los Angeles misplaced 110-106 to the visiting Sacramento Kings.
James, 36, had been sidelined since March 20 as a consequence of a excessive proper ankle sprain. He got here again to contribute 16 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists in 32 minutes.
Earlier than the sport, Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel mentioned James wouldn’t be underneath any arduous minutes restriction.
LeBron again & doing LeBron issues.
Halftime: https://t.co/ffb2RzbOLy pic.twitter.com/Xl4xLXNanR
— NBA (@NBA) Could 1, 2021
The 20 video games James missed represented the longest damage absence of his 18-season NBA profession.
“I might anticipate some rust, however that’s the theme of this season with some guys having to return and work their means into form throughout video games,” Vogel mentioned earlier than the competition.
The Lakers (36-27) had been simply 8-12 because the four-time league MVP injured his ankle, and so they have now misplaced 5 of their previous six video games. Los Angeles has slipped to fifth place within the Western Convention.
James is averaging 25.2 factors, 7.9 rebounds and seven.9 assists in 42 video games this season.
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