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LeBron James finally returns from injury after 17-game layoff and fires resurgent Lakers to last-gasp win over LA rivals Clippers with 24 points LeBron James had been sidelined with a left groin strain for Los Angeles Lakers The 17-game enforced absence was the longest of his 16-year career  He scored 24 points and 14 rebounds as the Lakers left it late for victory 

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Published: 07:43 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 08:02 GMT, 1 February 2019

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LeBron James had 24 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a 17-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 123-120 in overtime Thursday night after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead.

James came up one assist shy of a triple-double. He made 5 of 7 free throws and had no fouls in 40 minutes of his first game since Christmas at Golden State when he strained his left groin. The Lakers were 6-11 during the longest absence of his 16-year career.

Tied 118-all, James scored the go-ahead basket in overtime. Lance Stephenson drove for a flailing layup, hitting Boban Marjanovic in the nose with his left elbow while getting fouled. He completed the three-point play that kept the Lakers ahead 123-118.

LeBron James had 24 points and 14 rebounds on his return from a 17-game injury absence

LeBron James had 24 points and 14 rebounds on his return from a

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