LeBron returns, Lakers down Clippers in OT

Luke Walton

Luke Walton

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

LeBron James says he played more than he expected as the Lakers needed an extra period to dispose of the Clippers.

After upping his rehab this week, the four-time NBA MVP finally made his comeback against the Clippers, James scored 24 points in a 123-120 victory.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will make his return Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing almost five weeks with a left groin strain, league sources told Yahoo Sports.‬.

"I worked my ass off to get back to this point", James said.

In order to do that, though, they're going to have to show some fight against a Clippers team that has been tough to get by this season.

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The Norwegian coach took over the reins at Old Trafford with Manchester United in sixth spot and 11 points adrift of the top four.

LeBron - who is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists - had been playing some of his best basketball prior to his injury.

James called the 36-day absence some of the darkest days of his career.

"The groin feels pretty good, it's a little sore right now but I already knew that. That's the tell-tale sign for me is how my body feels after having to play 40 minutes". Everybody was huge. It is going to be different guys every night for our team.

Lou Williams scored 24 points off the bench to lead the Clippers, who had won 22 of their previous 25 matchups against the Lakers.

All things are coming up Klutch lately, and if Rich Paul and LeBron James have their way, this won't be the last big news for Klutch Sports before the All-Star game. So if you want to make a push, why not make it on the road?

The game could go either way, but the Lakers really, really need it go their way.

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