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NBA: Back spasms force James to miss Celtics game

Miami Heat star LeBron James sat out Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics because of back spasms, just the third match this season that the four-time NBA most valuable player has missed. Avery Bradley scored 23 points as the Celtics took a 101-96 victory over the Heat, who were playing the second of back-to-back road games. James had been on form Tuesday, scoring 25 of his 43 points in the opening quarter as Miami beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-96.

NBA: Heat star James on fire in Cleveland return

LeBron James was unstoppable in his return to his former home, putting on a first-quarter shooting display that set the tone for Miami as the Heat beat Cleveland 100-96 on Tuesday. James stormed out of the gate in his sixth contest back in Cleveland, scoring 25 of his 43 points in the opening quarter for the Heat at Quicken Loans Arena. "I felt a good rhythm," James said. "I shot the ball well in warm-ups and I was able to carry it over into the game." The 29-year-old tallied 16 points before missing a shot and drained his first four shots from beyond the arc.

NBA: Heat star James on fire in return to Cleveland

LeBron James was unstoppable in his return to his former home, putting on a first-quarter shooting display that set the tone for the rest of the evening as Miami beat Cleveland 100-96. James stormed out of the gate in his sixth contest back in Cleveland, scoring 25 of his 43 points in the opening quarter for the Heat at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old tallied 16 points before missing a shot and drained his first four shots from beyond the arc.

NBA: Butler serves up gem at the expense of King James

Jimmy Butler took care of LeBron James on defence and scored 16 points on offence to lead Chicago to a 95-88 overtime win over the reigning NBA champion Miami on Sunday. Butler also tallied 11 rebounds, four steals and a block for the Bulls, who prevented James from making a trip to the free throw line for the first time in an NBA game in over four years. Butler also had a key block on James in the last second of the fourth quarter.

NBA: LeBron's epic night draws rave reviews

A career-best 61-points by LeBron James in Miami's latest home victory has teammates and rivals raving about the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player's latest success. The 29-year-old sank his first eight 3-point attempts, scored 25 points in the third quarter to match the entire Charlotte lineup and powered the two-time defending NBA champions to a 124-107 win over Charlotte on Monday. "It felt like I had a golf ball throwing it into the ocean," James said. "I was able to get it going once again in the third quarter and I knew it would be one of those nights."

NBA: LeBron hits career-high 61 as Heat beat Bobcats

LeBron James scored a career-high 61 points to break the Miami Heat one-game scoring record on Monday, sparking the defending NBA champions over the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107. The Heat's season win streak stretched to eight games in a row with a 16th consecutive victory in meetings with Charlotte, whose win drought against Miami now spans four years. James sank eight 3-pointers, hitting 22-of-33 shots from the field overall, and also grabbed seven rebounds and passed off five assists.

Masked man James scores 61 against Bobcats

(Reuters) - Miami's LeBron James, wearing a protective mask to shield his broken nose, plundered a career-high 61 points in the Heat's 124-107 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. James, who sustained the injury late last month, drained 22 of his 33 shots. The four-time MVP scored 24 points at halftime and poured in another 25 in the third quarter alone, while making his first eight three-pointers. The outburst surpassed is previous career high of 56 points set back in 2005 when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Masked man James scores 61 against Bobcats

(Reuters) - Miami's LeBron James, wearing a protective mask to shield his broken nose, plundered a career-high 61 points in the Heat's 124-107 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. James, who sustained the injury late last month, drained 22 of his 33 shots. The four-time MVP scored 24 points at halftime and poured in another 25 in the third quarter alone, while making his first eight three-pointers. The outburst surpassed is previous career high of 56 points set back in 2005 when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

NBA: LeBron expects to make masked return Thursday

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James expects to return to the lineup Thursday from a broken nose but wearing a protective face mask. "I'm definitely wearing a mask if I play Thursday," James said after taking part in non-contact portions of the team's workout Tuesday. "I feel like I should be well enough to go Thursday, but we'll see. It's only Tuesday. We have a lot of time."

NBA: James misses Heat game with broken nose

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James was held out of Miami's home game on Sunday against Chicago with a broken nose he suffered against Oklahoma City on Thursday. The Heat's superstar forward torched the Thunder for 33 points to go along with seven rebounds in a 103-81 win, but departed late in the game after he was hit in the face by Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka on a driving dunk. James had been questionable leading up to Sunday's game against the Bulls, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed less than two hours before tip-off that he would sit out.
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