In Paul's absence, Austin Rivers started at point guard for Los Angeles and scored 17 points in 28 minutes.
Paul missed a substantial portion of the first half of the team's Game 7 win over the Spurs but still played 37 minutes, scoring 27 points and connecting on the game-winning shot with one second remaining.
Paul averaged 19.2 points and 10.1 assists this season. He has averaged 22.7 points, 7.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds in seven postseason games this year.
The Clippers play Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals at the Rockets on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
- Stanley Kay