James returns from suspension to inspire Lakers to overtime win

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Lebron JamesJames served a prohibition for "recklessly hitting Isaiah Stewart successful the face" and "initiating" the altercation

LeBron James returned from suspension to animate the Los Angeles Lakers to a 124-116 overtime triumph implicit the Indiana Pacers successful the NBA Western Conference.

The Lakers trailed for astir of the crippled but James scored 39 points, including 8 of their 12 points successful overtime successful Indianapolis.

The 36-year-old was banned for 1 game aft clashing with Detroit Pistons' Isaiah Stewart connected Sunday.

Russell Westbrook scored 20 points for the Lakers.

They were without Anthony Davis, who missed the crippled with flu-like symptoms, and Indiana - led by Malcolm Brogdon's 28 points - were successful power for the bulk of the contest.

James rallied to assistance the Lakers pb 110-104 with little than 2 minutes remaining, but Chris Duarte's three-pointer for Indiana astatine the buzzer forced overtime.

"[I was] conscionable taking what the defence gave me, conscionable trying to get into a rhythm," James said of his precocious shooting. "I recognize that it's closing time, it's winning time, particularly successful the 4th fourth and overtime."

Elsewhere connected Wednesday, the Phoenix Suns held disconnected the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-115 to widen their winning streak to 14 games. Devin Booker scored 35 points and Chris Paul added 17 with 12 assists for Phoenix.

Western Conference leaders the Golden State Warriors recovered from a dilatory commencement to bushed the Philadelphia 76ers 116-96, with Warriors' Stephen Curry scoring 25 points - 1 much than his member and Philadelphia defender Seth Curry.

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics 123-104, defending champions Milwaukee Bucks were 114-93 winners implicit the Detroit Pistons, and the Houston Rockets ended a 15-game losing streak by shocking the Chicago Bulls 118-113.

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