Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James appeared to suffer a right knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic and says he hopes to play in Monday’s game against the Miami Heat.
With eight minutes left to go in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 123-108 win, James fouled Orlando center Dewayne Dedmon and landed on the floor awkwardly. He also favored the leg when shooting a jumper later in the quarter.
He stayed in the game and finished with 21 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won four straight games. It was his 628th straight game scoring in double figures, the third longest streak in NBA history. James has also missed a career-high 11 games this season due to injury.
James said that the play on which he was injury occurred was a "scary moment."
"I couldn't get my foot from underneath me and I was able to play through it obviously and see how I feel tomorrow and go from there," James said, according to Cleveland.com. "I haven't had one of those falls in (forever), in a pretty long time. ... I was happy to be able to stay on the floor with my teammates."
Cleveland (43-25) has won six of their last seven games and remain 10 games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
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