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John Wall makes his RETURN!!!

John Wall made his return last night with the Clippers and finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes

Mere seconds after  star  revved up the home crowd with a transition dunk late in the third quarter Thursday night,  dragged Staples Center back into silence.

Wall, who in his previous basketball life served as the  Wizards' franchise player for nine seasons, plays a decidedly different role these days, coming off the bench for a  team with championship aspirations. At 32, and with several major injuries in his past, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick no longer bears the burden of producing like a star or leading a playoff run. The Clippers have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for that.

But the ball found Wall after James's thunderous slam, and he freed himself for a midrange jumper with a sharply executed crossover and behind-the-back combination. When his shot found the net, pushing the Clippers' lead back to double digits, Wall pushed the palms of his hands toward the floor for emphasis. Everything was under control, and Lakers fans could return to their seats.
The five-time all-star point guard finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes with the second unit, marking the first time he wasn't a part of his team's starting lineup since January 2013. As the Lakers rallied in the fourth quarter, Clippers Coach Tyronn Lue turned to Wall, instead of starter Reggie Jackson, to close the game. Wall responded by drilling a key jumper to give the Clippers a six-point lead with just over three minutes remaining.

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