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James misses second straight game with sprained finger

BOSTON -- LeBron James missed his second straight game with
a sprained left index finger when the Cleveland Cavaliers faced the
Boston Celtics on Sunday.

The Celtics won, 80-70.

James was hurt in the second quarter Wednesday night in a loss to
Detroit when Nazr Mohammed slapped at the ball as James began to
shoot. Devin Brown started in his place against Boston, which
improved its NBA-best record to 14-2.

James leads the NBA with 30.7 points per game. He's also
averaging 7.6 rebounds and 8.1 assists.

In last Tuesday's 109-104 win over Boston in Cleveland, James
had 38 points and 13 assists. He scored 11 points in overtime.