(OKLAHOMA CITY) — LeBron James scored 33 points as the Miami Heat romped the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-81 on Thursday night, but his teammates had to finish the game without him.
James went down with 5:50 remaining after he was hit by Thunder forward Serge Ibaka while driving to the hoop. He finished off the dunk, but was bleeding and had to leave the court with a towel over his face.
The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player passed a concussion test after the game, but the damage to his face was clear.
“He has a swollen nose right now. It’s bleeding,” Heat head coach Spoelstra said. “We’ll evaluate him when we get back to Miami, but it’s sore.”
James scored 16 of his 33 points in the first quarter of a game that was never close. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 24 points, guiding the Heat to its fourth straight win.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 28 points, but the team lost on its home floor for the first time since January 5.
Russell Westbrook returned to the lineup after missing the past 27 games after having surgery on his left knee. He started and scored 16 points in 24 minutes.
“I’m just going to keep getting him better, and as the season goes along, as he gets more comfortable in game shape, we’re going to see a better Russell every night,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
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