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Clippers' Paul sits, but will be in Utah tonight

Published: Monday, Jan. 16 2012 11:57 p.m. MST

LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul missed the Los Angeles Clippers' game against the New Jersey Nets on Monday because of a hamstring injury.

The All-Star point guard strained his left hamstring during the fourth quarter of a victory over the Lakers on Saturday. A report on ESPN.com said Paul will travel with the Clippers when they play against the Utah Jazz tonight. His playing status is listed as questionable.

Five-time All-Star Chauncey Billups, playing with tightness in his back, started at point guard instead of shooting guard. Randy Foye was at the other guard spot.

Paul is averaging 18.0 points and 8.4 assists.

Clippers backup point guard Mo Williams missed his second straight game because of a sore right foot and reserve forward Brian Cook did not dress because of a sprained left ankle. Eric Bledsoe, recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee, is still two to three weeks away.

PISTONS' PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING: At Houston, A charter flight bringing the Detroit Pistons to Houston for a game against the Rockets had to make an emergency landing at Hobby Airport on Monday afternoon.

A Houston Airport System spokesman says the crew of MD-80 displaying the Pistons team logo reported problems with the hydraulics operating the aircraft's left-side landing gear and declared an emergency.

Airport spokesman Joshua Agunag says the aircraft with 44 passengers aboard landed without incident at 5:45 p.m. Monday and was able to taxi to a private air terminal, where passengers were let off.

The Pistons were arriving to play the Rockets Tuesday night after losing to the Golden State Warriors, 99-91, in Auburn Hills, Mich., on Sunday.

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