LeBron Returns To Action Thursday Against Clippers

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"The groin feels pretty good, it's a little sore right now but I already knew that".

"Definitely ecstatic about being back out there with my guys, but being out five weeks, I'm feeling it right now", James said afterward.

He and the Clippers' Lou Williams each scored 24 points in the game, while James added 14 rebounds and nine assists. 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.

Not being out on the floor represented the "toughest stretch" of LeBron James' career, whose happy place has always been a National Basketball Association (NBA) court. The current injury stint has been the longest James' 16-year National Basketball Association career. "That's the tell-tale sign for me is how my body feels after having to play 40 minutes".

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James will be joined in the starting lineup by Kyle Kuzma - who sat the last two games with a left hip strain - as well as Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac.

Calling him "the greatest player on the planet", centre Tyson Chandler, who scored four points, hailed the 34-year-old James for "bringing his superpowers". 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.

LeBron scored 53.3 FanDuel points in the win.

A groin injury caused his worst ever run without playing, during which the Lakers went 6-11. Within seconds, the feeling from everyone inside Staples Center was that Stephenson's three-point opportunity would likely be wiped away and the Lakers guard would be hit with at least an offensive foul and a technical foul.

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