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INDIANAPOLIS — LeBron James was napping in the city that never sleeps on Monday when the NBA announced that the Los Angeles Lakers star would be suspended for the first time in his 19-year career and have to miss Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks.
“Rob [Pelinka] called me. I missed his call,” James told ESPN of the Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager dialing in the bad news. “As soon as when I checked my phone and it was a missed call, I was like, ‘I know I’m suspended.’
“I mean, it’s some bulls—. But whatever.”
James more than made up for missed time in Wednesday’s 124-116 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers in his first contest back since sitting out the Knicks game for striking Detroit Pistons big man Isaiah Stewart in the face, drawing blood.
James scored a season-high 39 points in Indianapolis, including eight of L.A.’s 12 points in the extra session, to help the Lakers erase a 12-point second-half deficit and finish their five-game road trip with a record of 2-3.
While James gave the Indiana crowd a show — even mimicking Sam Cassell’s nether region dance after nailing a 3 late in