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Paul returns from injury, comes up big late as Clippers top Kings

Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) and forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) defend Clippers guard Chris Paul (3).
Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) and forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) defend Clippers guard Chris Paul (3). hamezcua@sacbee.com

Player of the game: Chris Paul had 14 points and 12 assists and forced a key turnover late as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Kings 106-98 Friday night at Golden 1 Center for their third straight victory. Paul had missed the previous eight games because of a hamstring injury.

Turning point: The Kings trailed 100-98 after forcing a turnover with 40.7 seconds to play. But on their ensuing possession, Paul stole DeMarcus Cousins’ pass intended for Rudy Gay and made two free throws to put the game away.

X-factor: The Kings continue to be hurt by 3-pointers. They gave up 13 in 31 attempts (41.9 percent) and made just 9 of 30 (30.0 percent).

Records: Kings 15-21; Clippers 25-14

Jason Jones

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