CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James was a late scratch Tuesday night from the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the Sacramento Kings because of back spasms.
James did not mention the injury during his pregame interview, and team spokesman Tad Carper said it was coach Mike Brown's decision.
James felt something in his back Monday night and then again after the team's shootaround Tuesday. He was to travel with the club to Memphis on Wednesday and be re-evaluated.
The Cavaliers had won five straight behind James.
He was averaging an NBA-best 33.3 points on 53 percent shooting since Feb. 15 for the surging Cavaliers, who had won five straight to push their record to a season-best 13 games over .500.
James missed two games in January with a sprained right big toe. Going into Tuesday night, the Cavaliers were 2-0 without James this season and 8-2 without him since he joined the team in 2003-04.