CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ The Charlotte Hornets activated forward Tim James from the injured list before Thursday night's game against Atlanta.

To make room for James, the Hornets placed forward Lee Nailon on the injured list because of lower back spasms.

James had been on the injured list since Jan. 5 with tendinitis in both knees. James, who missed a total of 17 games this season due to injury, averaged 1.3 points and 5.9 minutes in 15 games.

Nailon averaged 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 38 games.