"But I was good enough to feel confident to just keep pushing throughout the game", he said.
The Lakers had initially ruled James doubtful on Wednesday, but his status was upgraded to doubtful early on Thursday. The superstar almost recorded a triple-double as he scored 24 points, recorded 14 rebounds, and dished out nine assists.
The five-week absence was the longest of James' illustrious career, and he admitted it had been tough to stay positive while on the sideline.
"That's the tell-tale sign for me is how my body feels after having to play 40 minutes unfortunately, with the overtime".More news: Go vegan, and you could win Beyoncé concert tickets for life
During his absence, the Lakers have gone 6-11.
The Lakers could be even more short-handed for their hallway series against the Clippers, with both Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Josh Hart (knee) listed as questionable; Kuzma, however, reported improvement. Everybody was huge. It is going to be different guys every night for our team.
LeBron scored 53.3 FanDuel points in the win.
So, James should've had a triple-double, and he tied for a game-high in points, after not playing at all for five weeks because of a seriously strained groin on Christmas? Within seconds, the feeling from everyone inside Staples Center was that Stephenson's three-point opportunity would likely be wiped away and the Lakers guard would be hit with at least an offensive foul and a technical foul.
Avery Bradley and Williams missed on the same possession, and Williams missed a technical free throw for the Clippers.