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NBA - US Sports: Lue welcomes George return

Paul George returned from a lengthy layoff for the Clippers on Tuesday as they claimed a 121-115 comeback win over Utah Jazz in Los Angeles.

The Clippers are 50/1 to win the NBA Championship outright, while Phoenix Suns can be backed at 31/10.

George back from lengthy spell

George missed 43 games with an elbow injury and for a while it looked as if his season may be over but he made a return on Tuesday and starred for the Clippers as they fought back from a 25-point deficit in the third quarter to claim a win.

George finished with a game-high 34 points, as well as two rebounds and six assists, and coach Tyronn Lue was delighted with the veteran forward's performance.

"He looked really good," said Lue, via the Los Angeles Times. "I didn't think he'd look that good.

"I thought his defense was incredible."

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Playoff placed tied up

The Clippers are guaranteed a play-in place but they can no longer claim a top six seed and an automatic playoff spot in the Western Conference and Lue feels his team can be contenders in the postseason now George is back.

"It changes for us big time," said Lue on the playoffs.

Fellow star Kawhi Leonard remains unavailable following ACL surgery in July last year but there is speculation he may be able to feature at some stage in the playoffs, while injured guard Norman Powell should be able to return to practice within the next 10 days.

The Clippers are next in action on Thursday as they make the trip to Chicago Bulls.

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