LeBron returns, Lakers down Clippers in OT

LeBron returns, Lakers down Clippers in OT

LeBron returns, Lakers down Clippers in OT

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

The Lakers had initially ruled James doubtful on Wednesday, but his status was upgraded to doubtful early on Thursday. 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.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James returned to the court Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing 17 games due to a groin injury he sustained on Christmas Day.

LeBron James says he played more than he expected as the Lakers needed an extra period to dispose of the Clippers. I want to see how my body reacts tomorrow.

The five-week absence was the longest of James' illustrious career, and he admitted it had been tough to stay positive while on the sideline.

Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart were also on the floor for the Lakers, but it's anybody's guess how many more games they will play for the team.

LeBron scored 53.3 FanDuel points in the win. The Lakers entered Wednesday in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 26-25 record - including a 6-11 mark since James went down on December 25.

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

The three-time National Basketball Association champion had last played against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, when he suffered a groin injury that kept him out for the next 17 games.

Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three pointer during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31 in Los Angeles, California.

Avery Bradley and Williams missed on the same possession, and Williams missed a technical free throw for the Clippers.

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