Back spasms force James to miss Celtics game

Posted at 03/20/2014 2:51 PM | Updated as of 03/20/2014 2:51 PM

BOSTON - Miami Heat star LeBron James sat out Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics because of back spasms, just the third match this season that the four-time NBA most valuable player has missed.

Avery Bradley scored 23 points as the Celtics took a 101-96 victory over the Heat, who were playing the second of back-to-back road games.

James had been on form Tuesday, scoring 25 of his 43 points in the opening quarter as Miami beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-96.

The 29-year-old tallied 16 points before missing a shot and drained his first four shots from beyond the arc. He was 10-of-11 from the floor and knocked down five of his six tries from three-point range in the first quarter.

James missed a December 28 victory over the Blazers with a groin problem and a February 23 victory over the Bulls with a broken nose.

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