Billups returns, Clippers beat Wolves 101-95

Billups returns, Clippers beat Wolves 101-95
November 29, 2012, 1:18 am
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Chauncey Billups #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers brings the ball up court against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on November 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers welcomed Chauncey Billups back to the lineup for the first time this season with a 101-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Billups had eight points and three assists in 20 minutes as the Clippers ended a four-game losing streak. The five-time All-Star, beginning his 16th NBA season, was sidelined for more than nine months after tearing his left Achilles' tendon on Feb. 6 in a 107-102 victory at Orlando.

Blake Griffin, who had career lows in points (four) and field goals made (one) during Monday night's 105-98 home loss to New Orleans, had 18 points and six rebounds.

Kevin Love had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota.