James back at MSG as he, Davis available to play for Lakers

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NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is back in the Los Angeles Lakers roster for their game against the New York Knicks, his first game at Madison Square Garden in three years.

James moved well in a pre-game practice on Tuesday and the Lakers upgraded him from questionable to available.

James sat out Monday night in Brooklyn with what coach Darvin Ham said was pain in his left foot, although the Lakers have officially listed the superstar forward’s injury as his ankle.

With James 117 points after passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA career goalscoring record, there was already a noticeable buzz in the arena as fans filled the lower sections to watch James work his way around the perimeter shooting jumpers. He hasn’t played at Madison Square Garden since January 2020, missing a game through injury, then suspended last season after punching Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart in the face.

Anthony Davis was also upgraded to be available after sitting out on Monday. He returned last week after a 20-game absence with a right foot injury.


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