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LeBron uses bike to beat pregame gridlock

LeBron James got in the saddle before the Miami Heat's clash with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, riding to the game on his bicycle.

The Miami Marathon on Sunday morning meant delays were expected around the city due to road closures and the two-times National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player, decided two wheels would be more effective than four.

Drivers stuck in traffic saw James, in cycling helmet, zipping past them and before long pictures of the spandex-clad forward were appearing on social networks.

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James estimated the journey from his home took 40 minutes but the trip had no discernable influence on his performance as he racked up a game-winning 35 points and 11 rebounds in Miami's 97-93 win.

"I've done it a few times, it's not common but I've done it a few times. It felt good this morning," he told reporters.

It was not likely that James would be cycling home, and with the tight NBA schedule meaning he is back on court on Monday, James joked he might not even take the trip back.

"I might just stay here till tomorrow's shootaround," he said.

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