Wednesday , Dec , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron leaves game after collision

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James left
Wednesday night’s loss to Houston after a collision with Rockets center
Dikembe Mutombo late in the first half.

James suffered a peri-orbital contusion on the left side of his face when he
ran into Mutombo in the lane with 1:53 remaining in the second quarter.

Mutombo’s elbow inadvertently caught the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year in
the eye, and James had to be helped off the court and to the locker room. He
did not return.

Cleveland ended up losing the game 98-87.

“When you lose your best player, its always tough,” Cavs coach Paul Silas
said. “We just didn’t have enough fire power out there.”

James entered Wednesday’s action averaging 25.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.3
assists per game this season. He scored a career-low three points in 17
minutes against the Rockets.

With 2,362 points, James is the highest-scoring teenager in NBA history. He
will celebrate his 20th birthday on Thursday.

James is expected to undergo further tests. The Cavaliers have four days off
until a game in Charlotte on January 3.

CLE