After a 17-game absence, LeBron James had to work overtime and log an unexpected 40 minutes. LeBron had a triple-double with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists in a 123-120 win over the Clippers.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 1, 2019
Without LeBron the Lakers went 6-11 and fell to ninth place and 10½ games behind the first-place Warriors.
LeBron James is returning to the lineup tonight for the Lakers.
L.A. went 6-11 during LeBron's absence. The Lakers were in 4th in the West and just 2.5 games out of 1st at the time of his injury, but now sit 9th and 10.5 GB of 1st. pic.twitter.com/4gSxbcssnf
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 1, 2019
“The message for the team is we’re all ready to make this push,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin after the win. “That’s it. Let’s make that push. … We’re on the road. We’re on the road for the whole month of February. We got two home games. So if you want to make a push, why not make it on the road? That’s the best time where you can come together as a team when you’re on the road and it’s just us. So, let’s do it.”
New year, same LeBron James 😤 pic.twitter.com/dapfHgur60
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 1, 2019
Here are some highlights from LeBron’s return:
— NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2019
The Lakers’ next five games are on the road at Golden State, Indiana, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta before the All-Star break.
The Lakers (27-25) then play a home game against Houston before hitting the road again to New Orleans and Memphis.
This is an exciting time to be a Lakers fan.
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