SALT LAKE CITY — Continuing a trend of not playing the second night of back-to-back sets, LeBron James will sit out tonight's ESPN-televised game between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.
James also missed the first game in Utah this season. He had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers' 90-83 win at Staples Center in November.
The Lakers come into this matchup, having already been eliminated from the postseason with a disappointing 33-41 record in The King's first season.
"It's been difficult knowing that mathematically we're not going to be in the postseason," James said after scoring 23 points with 14 assists and seven rebounds in Tuesday's 124-106 win over the Wizards.
"That's like March Madness for college kids for me. But when I suit up, it's all business. I never change my approach, and I try to go out and make every play."
James hasn't played on consecutive nights since returning from his injury in January. He missed five weeks with a strained left groin.8 comments on this story
Former Ute forward Kyle Kuzma scored 15 points, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 29 and JaVale McGee had 20 points and 15 rebounds.
The Jazz are still in the thick of the playoff positioning battle. Utah is currently sitting in the No. 6 position in the West at 44-30, a half-game behind the No. 5 Clippers (45-30) and a full game ahead of Oklahoma City (43-31).
Utah's magic number for clinching a playoff spot over Sacramento (37-37) is two.
Tonight's game has a late 8:30 p.m. tipoff because of the national broadcast.