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LeBron James in as Dwyane Wade sits

Updated: January 19, 2012, 10:38 PM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- After missing the morning shootaround with flulike symptoms, Miami Heat forward LeBron James played in Thursday night's 98-87 win against the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 31 points.

James has been bothered by a cold all week. Already without Dwyane Wade because of an ankle injury, the Heat wanted to give James some extra time to rest so they sent him home early Thursday morning.

The Heat, who are 4-0 this season without Wade, also activated center Eddy Curry for the first time ...

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