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Clippers' Paul sidelined by hamstring injury

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul slaps the hand of his teammate after making a three-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. The Clippers won 102-94 but Paul suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter and is now listed as day-to-day. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Chris Paul missed the Los Angeles Clippers' game against the New Jersey Nets on Monday because of a hamstring injury.

The All-Star point guard strained his left hamstring during the fourth quarter of a victory over the Lakers on Saturday.

Five-time All-Star Chauncey Billups, playing with tightness in his back, started at point guard instead of shooting guard. Randy Foye was at the other guard spot.

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Paul is averaging 18.0 points and 8.4 assists.

This was the third time during the Nets' four-game road trip that they didn't have to deal with an opponent's starting point guard. Steve Nash didn't play for the Suns because of a bruised right quad and Denver beat the Nets without Ty Lawson, who had a strained right foot.

Clippers backup point guard Mo Williams missed his second straight game because of a sore right foot and reserve forward Brian Cook did not dress because of a sprained left ankle. Eric Bledsoe, recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee, is still two to three weeks away.

Reserve guard Courtney Fortson made his NBA debut after signing with the Clippers on Monday. The 5-foot-11 guard, who was with the club during their brief training camp, averaged 15.9 points and 5.2 assists in 17 games this season in the NBA's D-League.

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