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NBA: LeBron has broken nose, could miss next Heat game

Published on Feb 22, 2014 7:11 AM
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Perry Jones (3) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena, on Feb 20, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (AFP) - Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James suffered a broken a nose and is doubtful for the reigning champion Miami Heat's home game Sunday against Chicago, the team said on Friday.

James suffered the injury midway into the fourth quarter of a 103-81 victory Thursday night at Oklahoma City in a showdown of two of the NBA's top clubs and major stars, James and NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant of the Thunder.

As James drove past two defenders to the basket, he was struck in the nose by Spanish big man Serge Ibaka. His nose bleeding, James continued to the basket, jammed in a slam dunk and then fell in a heap to the court.

James was down for several moments, his blood dripping on to the court, before he was helped up and walked off court to the locker room holding a towel over his nose.

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