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VIDEO: LeBron James’ first bucket for Lakers after 20-game absence

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LeBron James just had his first swish through the net again, which is music to the ears of Los Angeles Lakers fans everywhere.

Check out the satisfying bucket plus the foul here:

It took a bit of time as James was clearly rusty in his first game action back against the Sacramento Kings. It took him all the way until the closing seconds of the first quarter before his first field goal. But everybody and their mama knows it’s only a matter of time until the Lakers star is dropping big numbers on teams again.

The King’s dominance had been sorely missed as he was absent for the Lakers’ last 20 games with an ankle injury. His return couldn’t have come at a better time, too. The Purple & Gold had lost four of their last five games and are just barely clinging to the the fifth spot in a crowded Western Conference playoff picture. Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are just a game behind the LA, while Damian Lillard’s Portland Trail Blazers are 1.5 games back.

Hanging onto the 5th seed is more crucial than ever, as it’s the difference between facing the Jamal Murray-less Denver Nuggets or the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round.

With James back in the fold, look for the Lakers to get back to their winning ways.