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Clippers get by New Jersey Nets

January 16, 2012 |  3:24 pm

The Clippers built an 18-point lead over the New Jesey Nets in the second half.

But the Clippers saw that lead go away, finding themselves in a game.

A Chauncey Billups' three-pointer sealed the deal for the Clippers, enabling them to pull out a 101-91 victory Monday at Staples Center.

Billups, who started at point guard in place of the injured Chris Paul, made his three-pointer with 1:09 left for a 97-89 Clippers lead.

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Billups finished with 20 points and four assists.

All five of the Clippers’ starters scored in double figures, led by Blake Griffin’s 23 points and 14 rebounds.

The Clippers saw their lead evaporate after Deron Williams (14 points) made a three-pointer to tie the score, 81-81.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro had seen enough, calling a timeout with 6:46 left.

His team had to fight to the end to improve to 7-3.

Paul missed his first game of the season with a strained left hamstring that he injured Saturday night against the Lakers.

Mo Williams missed his second straight game because of an injured right foot.

Del Negro said both players will travel with the team to Salt Lake City for Tuesday night’s game against the Jazz, but he said Paul and Williams still are listed as day-to-day.

Randy Foye (13 points, 10 assists) started at shooting guard.

“Just like everybody, we’ve got a lot of bumps and bruises,” Del Negro said.

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 -- Broderick Turner

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