James returns to Cavaliers' lineup against Pistons

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers' lineup Friday night against the Detroit Pistons.

James rested in Wednesday night's loss at Indiana, the second game of a back-to-back set for the Cavaliers, who defeated Toronto on Tuesday.

J.R. Smith also returned after missing three games with a sprained right ankle. He needs three 3-pointers to pass Dirk Nowitzki (1,705) for 15th place on the NBA's all-time list.

Cleveland has four consecutive days off following the Detroit game and won't play again until Tuesday. The defending NBA champions are 9-2 and tied for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

James is averaging 23.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 9.4 assists in 10 games this season.

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