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Clippers' Billups to miss rest of season

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Chauncey Billups tore his left Achilles tendon during the Clippers' win in Orlando.
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LOS ANGELES (AP)

Clippers guard Chauncey Billups will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon during Los Angeles' 107-102 victory over the Magic in Orlando on Monday night.

The team says an MRI on Tuesday confirmed Billups' injury.

Billups will return to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation. The Clippers say a date for surgery hasn't been determined.

Billups, however, is refusing to let the injury end his 15-year career, telling Yahoo! Sports, "I'm not done."

"I'm not retiring. I will definitely be back," he added. "This has been the story of my career, coming back, fighting, scrapping and I will play again."

The five-time All-Star, whom the Clippers claimed off waivers in December, was averaging 14.9 points and 4.0 assists in 30.4 minutes per game this season.

Billups was having a huge night Monday, scoring 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter when he turned to run up the court and buckled to the ground with 5:48 left in the game. He was surrounded by trainers and teammates, but needed assistance on both sides to make it off the court.

Billups, who was selected third overall in the 1997 draft by the Boston Celtics, is playing for his seventh NBA club. One of them was the Denver Nuggets, who dealt him to New York with Carmelo Anthony as part of a three-team, 13-player trade with Minnesota last February.

Newscore contributed to this report.

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