LeBron Returns to Carry Lakers Over Pacers in Overtime

LeBron James scored a season-high 39 points to lead the Lakers to a come-from-behind overtime victory, 124–116, at the Indianapolis Pacers. James had just missed Tuesday night’s loss to the Knicks while serving a one-game suspension for striking Detroit Pistons Isaiah Stewart in the face. “I was excited about being in the lineup,” James said. “Me not playing last night on the second night of a back-to-back, I knew I could kind of give our guys a boost of energy with me not playing last night.” James was 13–29 from the field, 5–12 three-pointers, and also had six assists and five rebounds. Russell Westbrook played 40 minutes and contributed with 20 points on 5–15 shooting, 1–3 threes, and also added seven rebounds and five assists. Malik Monk scored 17 points off the bench; he was 6–11 shooting, 3–6 from threes, and added eight rebounds and an assist. Monk said of James: …

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