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Chris Paul's return welcomed by Clippers and fans

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The Los Angeles Clippers despite their successful 12-6 record without Chris Paul in the line up, needed him back on the court sooner than later. Those prayers were answered on Sunday, as Paul returned to the line up after missing five weeks due to a separated shoulder on January 3rd.

Paul's reemergence into the line up was great timing as his presence fueled the Clippers to a 123-78 annihilation of the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night at Staples Center. Paul played 22 minutes, scored seven points, and handed out eight assist.

"I just think they were excited to get Chris back in the lineup. You could see that in the way the guys were flying down the floor," Doc Rivers told FOX Sports.

The players on the floor were energized even more with Paul's presence along with the crowd who was also excited and energized about his return.

Paul who is looking forward to playing in the All-Star game as a reserve in New Orleans, needed Sunday night's game, and Wednesday night's game against the Portland Trailblazers to keep him in basketball shape.

"It's one of those things where you never know what it's going to be like until you get out there and compete and play. It felt good to get out there and compete," said Paul.

Paul played as if he hadn't missed a step, hitting the floor twice as they crowd held their breathes momentarily, only to find that Paul was just fine.

CP3 will be ready for the second half of the season, which will be a great test not only for him, but for the Clippers. As this team heads toward the playoffs in search of capturing the Larry O'Brien trophy, to complete the season.

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