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LeBron returns from 1-game absence to face Knicks

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James suited up Tuesday against the New York Knicks after missing one game with an ankle injury.

James, who was initially listed as questionable, started the matchup alongside fellow star Anthony Davis, who had also missed the Lakers' Monday loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

James is just 117 points away from surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's all-time scoring record.

Lakers head coach Darvin Ham told reporters Monday, including OC Register's Kyle Goon, that the 38-year-old is experiencing "really significant soreness" in his ankle.

Aside from James' own personal record being within reach, the Lakers remain in the midst of an extremely tight Western Conference playoff race. While Los Angeles sits 13th, the team is just 2.5 games out of a play-in spot and four games out of a top-four seed.

James has been on a tear since Christmas, averaging 34.4 points, nine rebounds, and 7.6 assists in 16 games.

LeBron returns from 1-game absence to face Knicks
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