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LeBron James injures leg in Lakers' loss to Clippers

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Los Angeles forward LeBron James scored 30 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday in Los Angeles. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/81505e71bd33c35bb7d4b0ae646db57e/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Los Angeles forward LeBron James scored 30 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday in Los Angeles. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Star forward LeBron James sustained a leg injury in the Los Angeles Lakers' recent loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers announced.

James sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of the 114-101 setback Wednesday at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. He told reporters at his postgame news conference that he felt a "spasm or strain" in the groin area and will get further examinations Thursday in Los Angeles.

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James appeared to sustained the injury when he attempted a layup and was fouled midway through the fourth quarter. He went to the locker room with 5:41 remaining and did not return.

"I didn't do anything extraneous on the play," James said. "Just when I landed, I felt a little spasm or strain in my groin. So immediately I had to come out after that on the next play down when I went to the free throw line."

James also sustained a groin injury in 2018-19. That injury, which was deemed a tear, resulted in a 17 game absence. James said his injury Wednesday is not "as bad." He also said he could play Friday after he received treatment for the injury.

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James scored 30 points and logged eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss.

The 18-time All-Star, four-time NBA MVP and four-time champion is averaging 24.9 points this season, his lowest total since his 2003-2004 rookie campaign. James also is averaging 8.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game this season.

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He averaged 30.3 points per game, the second-highest total of his career, in 2021-22.

The Lakers (2-9) will host the Sacramento Kings (4-6) at 10:30 p.m. EST Friday at Crypto.com Arena.

Moments from LeBron James' career

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School senior LeBron James (L) drives around a Zanesvuille defender in Akron, Ohio, on February 14, 2003. James is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. A couple months later, the Cleveland Cavaliers coach was suspended because James worked out with the team before he graduated from high school. Photo by Tom Cammett/UPI | License Photo

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