(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Paul returned to the lineup on Sunday for the Los Angeles Clippers, but they only needed him on the court for 23 minutes.
Paul scored seven points and dished out eight assists as the Clippers routed the Philadelphia 76ers 123-78. Paul had missed the previous 18 games with a separated shoulder.
“It felt great just to play. You never know what it’s going to be like until you actually get out there and compete,” Paul said. “A lot of things go through your mind out there, especially when you come back because you want to make sure you’re not too tired and not trying too hard. But at the same time, we’ve been playing extremely well and I didn’t want to break up our rhythm.”
Blake Griffin lead the Clippers (36-18) with 26 points and 11 rebounds as the team stormed out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Tony Wroten scored 21 points in the loss for Philadelphia.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN