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Butler fractures hand in Clippers' win

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler is likely out for the rest of the playoffs after breaking his left hand in Game 1 against Memphis.

The team said Monday that Butler is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks after getting hurt late in the third quarter of the Clippers' 99-98 win Sunday night.

He broke the fifth metacarpal in his left hand and an X-ray taken at the arena during the game confirmed the injury.

Butler scored 12 points in the game.

"It happened early in the third quarter, my hand got caught in Rudy Gay's jersey coming off a pindown screen," Butler said during a televised postgame interview. "I was able to keep playing but once I got subbed out, I felt the throbbing. I went and got the X-ray and noticed I got a fracture."

He left the game with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter and did not return.

The Clippers trailed 81-55 at the time, but rallied to stage an epic win. Chris Paul hit two free throws with 23.7 seconds left to secure the victory, which saw the Clippers close on a 28-3 run to overturn a 27-point deficit.

"That's why you have to keep playing and give yourself a chance. It worked this time and we'll take it," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said.

"Our guys didn't give up. I can't tell you how proud of them I am. They just gutted it out."

Nick Young had 19 points off the bench for the Clippers, forward Blake Griffin scored 17 points with seven rebounds and Paul finished with 14 points and 11 assists.

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