Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. NBA

Update: Heat’s James has broken nose

See also

The latest report on LeBron James is that the Miami Heat star suffered a broken nose when he was hit in the face while driving to the basket late in the Heat’s win at Oklahoma City.

In making the announcement late Friday afternoon, the team said James will be a “game-time” decision when the Heat are host to the Chicago Bulls Sunday.

James was hit accidentally by the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka with under six minutes remaining the game and the Heat holding a 16-point lead.

The blow bloodied James’ nose, knocked him to the floor and sent him to the locker room -- but went unnoticed by the officials. James still converted a slam dunk on the play, giving the Heat a 90-74 advantage.

It gave him 33 points for the game, his fourth straight outing with at least 30 points since being held to 13 points, matching a season low, in a loss at Utah on Feb. 8.

The Heat went on to a 103-81 victory to gain a split of the two-game season series. The Thunder won 114-95 in late January.

If he doesn’t sit out the game against the Bulls, James could be wearing a protective mask for the second time in his career. He also wore one in 2005 while with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Heat and Bulls will tip off at 3 p.m. ET Sunday at Miami’s American Airlines Arena. ABC will telecast the game.


Today's top buzz...

  • Backstreet Boys
    The Backstreet Boys have canceled several upcoming Israel shows, citing safety concerns
    Music Buzz
  • NFL
    The NFL is considering adding a stadium to Los Angeles, but is it a good idea?
    NFL Buzz
  • Hulk Hogan
    Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin are on board for this year's WWE SummerSlam
    WWE News
  • Paul McCartney
    Get an exclusive look at Paul McCartney's soundcheck for a recent performance
    20 Photos
  • Oscar contenders
    Oscar season is about to begin as fall festivals announce films
    9 Photos
  • Sammy Hagar
    Sammy Hagar is taking fans on a raucous history of rock on the road
    20 Photos