James was considered "doubtful" to play against the Clippers Thursday morning, but had ramped up his return over the Lakers' last two practices. The current injury stint has been the longest James' 16-year National Basketball Association career.
But James described his 36-day absence some of the darkest days of his career.
"It's going to take me a little while to get my rhythm back", he told SportsNet. "It was the toughest stretch of my career not being out on the floor".
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Maya Maxwell is charged with evidence tampering and is jailed in Bell County, Texas, on US$150,000 (NZ217,000) bond. She is accused of allowing Marks and Maya Maxwell (right) to stay in her home between January 5 and January 9.
Stephenson went on to knock down the free throw, giving the Lakers a five-point cushion they wouldn't relinquish with about 45 seconds left.
"I am at 80 percent right now". I want to see how my body reacts tomorrow.
James' return couldn't have come at a better time for the Lakers.
Lou Williams scored 24 points off the bench to lead the Clippers, who had won 22 of their previous 25 matchups against the Lakers.
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Since the side depends on counters to score, it was imperative that they make the most of whatever possession they had. Both Japan and Qatar will compete in Brazil as invitees when the Copa America starts on June 14.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been without star LeBron James for the past 18 games as he recuperates from a groin strain.
James said he trained just as hard when he was sidelined as he does in a normal season. After the game, James said he felt good but admitted he's not quite back to full form just yet. "This is where I can shut out everything, be out there with my guys, command my guys, and get a win on the road".
Even without James and Rajon Rondo, they managed to stick around and make the game interesting, however, they ultimately lost the Clips 118-107.
Suffolk sees coldest temperatures since Beast from the East
Some students at Callywith College around 10 miles away were forced to stay the night after buses were unable to leave. More than 100 people sought shelter at the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor after scores of vehicles were stranded the A30.