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James sits out Celtics game with back spasms

Wednesday - 3/19/2014, 7:48pm  ET

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) jumps to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James is sitting out Miami's game against Boston with back spasms Wednesday night.

His absence against the Celtics comes a day after he scored 43 points in the Heat's 100-96 win at Cleveland. He had 25 points in the first quarter when he made 10 of 11 shots and five 3-pointers.

The Heat have won their other two games without James. They beat Portland 108-107 on Dec. 28 when he had a strained groin and Chicago 93-79 on Feb. 23 when he was sidelined with a broken nose.

Dwyane Wade is back in action for the Heat after missing the win against the Cavaliers while resting his sore knees. Greg Oden is inactive to give him a chance to rest after starting the previous two games.


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