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George misses Clippers’ win with hamstring strain

LOS ANGELES — Clippers guard Paul George sat out Los Angeles’ 121-114 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night because of a right hamstring strain.

George played one half and scored 21 points before being held out of the second half of the win Saturday over the San Antonio Spurs due to what the team called right knee soreness.

George was initially listed as questionable on the injury report before his status was updated.

Before Monday’s game, Clippers coach Ty Lue said George is “all right” and that the team is going to take it day-to-day.

“We hope not,” Lue said when asked if this could be a long-term issue. “Just going day-to-day for right now and he feels OK, but we’re just being — making sure we do the right thing.”

The Clippers were short-handed at guard against the Jazz with Luke Kennard also out because of a right calf strain. Norman Powell and Reggie Jackson did their part with season-high point totals. Powell came off the bench to score 30 and Jackson added 27 as the Clippers rallied in the fourth quarter.

“I give the team credit. No matter who’s on the floor, we always feel like we have a chance to win,” Lue said after the Clippers won their third straight. “It’s tough some nights and it’s not pretty every night, but we always seem to try to find a way to get it done. Different guys are stepping up every single night.

“I thought at the end of the game, Norman and Reggie really brought this home offensively.”

Kawhi Leonard, who missed last season with a knee injury, had eight points and five assists in 23 minutes.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.

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