MIAMI – Heat superstar LeBron James has a broken nose, and his availability for Miami on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls will be a game-time decision.
Heat officials announced the diagnosis after James’ injury was evaluated Friday. He missed the final 5:50 of Thursday’s 103-81 victory at Oklahoma City when he was struck inadvertently by defender Serge Ibaka on a drive to the basket.
James finished with a dunk but then crumpled to the floor, blood gushing from his nose. He left the court with a towel over his face and later passed a concussion test.
Will James wear a protective mask on the court?
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According to the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., James took to Instagram, where he posted a doctored photo of him wearing the mask of Bane, the Batman antagonist from the 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“I mean I just might have to . . . BaneJames #StriveForGreatness,” James posted alongside the photo.
James, 29, has missed one game this season. The Heat won without him in Portland in December when he sat out because of a groin injury.
Suns race to victory
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns, the league’s top fast-break team, sped to a 106-85 victory over a San Antonio squad that was playing its ninth consecutive road game because there is a rodeo in its area.
Markieff Morris scored 21 points to lead the Suns, who are 3-0 since the All-Star break.
“ They had an off night and we had a decent night,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We will take it.”
• Ex-Washington Huskies player Terrence Ross scored 20 points and Toronto snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers’ six-game winning streak with a 98-91 victory.
The Raptors, who lead the Atlantic Division, improved to 10-4 at home since Jan. 1.
• Guard Damian Lillard scored 28 points as Portland, playing its second consecutive game without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, rallied to beat visiting Utah 102-94.
• Slumps continued for the Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks.
The Sixers were defeated 124-112 by Dallas, their 10th loss in a row. Former UW Husky Tony Wroten Jr. scored 21 points for Philadelphia. Atlanta lost 115-107 to host Detroit, its eighth consecutive setback.
• Meanwhile, Chicago beat visiting Denver 117-89 for its fifth victory in a row.
• Rookie guard Victor Oladipo contributed 30 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds as host Orlando outlasted the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime.
Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks scored 44 points.
• Al Jefferson had 33 points and 10 rebounds as host Charlotte beat New Orleans 90-87.
• Zach Randolph had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Memphis defeated the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 102-96.
• Pau Gasol, who missed seven games because of a groin strain, scored 16 points as the host Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston 101-92 to end an eight-game home losing streak.