LeBron helps Lakers to win despite groin issue

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PORTLAND — LeBron James overcame a groin contusion to record 21 points and 16 assists Saturday to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 128-120,

James, who aggravated the issue in the Lakers’ Christmas Day loss to the LA Clippers, was listed as questionable coming into the game.

The 17-year veteran reported feeling improvement with the injury at the team’s shootaround Saturday morning.

“It’s a pretty good couple days after the Christmas Day game,” James said.

L.A. plays the second leg of a back-to-back Sunday at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James’ availability Saturday would be an independent decision from Sunday’s game.

“When you have a back-to-back, yo

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