James Returns, Cavs Snap Skid

LeBron comes off bench to help Cleveland win for first time in seven tries
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2007 11:18 PM CST
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Troy Murphy, left, and Shawne Williams in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – LeBron James came off the bench to help Cleveland beat Indiana 118-105 and snap a six-game losing streak. James had missed the previous five games with a sprained left index finger. He played 22 minutes and scored 17 points as the Cavaliers had their best offensive performance of the year so far, setting a season high in points, reports the AP.

It was the first time that James came off the bench in his 333 game professional career. Also making a return to Cleveland’s lineup was Anderson Varejao, who re-joined the Cavaliers' roster after a messy contract dispute that led to a contract offer from the Bobcats. Mike Dunleavy led the Pacers with 23 points, while Jermaine O’Neal chipped in 18 in the losing cause.