LeBron returning after 20-game absence vs. Kings

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LeBron James' anticipated return from a 20-game absence due to a high-ankle sprain has arrived.

After testing his ankle before tipoff, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar will play Friday against the Sacramento Kings, the team announced, according to The New York Times' Marc Stein.

James last played March 20. The future Hall of Famer's five-plus week absence is the longest of his career.

The 36-year-old was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season before spraining his ankle, with averages of 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.9 assists in 41 games.

The Lakers (36-26) have avoided dropping into the Western Conference's play-in tournament picture by managing an 8-12 record in James' absence. L.A. was also without Anthony Davis for a prolonged period due to a calf strain during the time James was sidelined.

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