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Paul George exits game vs. Pistons with hamstring tightness

Paul George did not play in the second half of the Clippers’ 126-112 win Thursday against Detroit due to hamstring tightness. The six-time All-Star finished with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes of action.

George went to the locker room shortly before halftime and was initially considered questionable to return to the game. After the game, the team said he will be evaluated on Friday.

Reserve Rodney McGruder started the second half in George’s place, finishing with four points in 14 minutes.

“Nothing happened, he just felt tightness, said it at halftime and then we just decided not to bring him back,” Rivers said, per the Los Angeles Times. “He’s going to be evaluated, clearly. I think it’s the back more than the legs.”

Acquired in the offseason via trade with Oklahoma City, George has missed 11 games this season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgeries. The former Thunder and Pacers star is averaging 23.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Clippers.

The Clippers were 24-11 entering Thursday night, good for third place in the Western Conference.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.