LA Clippers' Paul George scores 34 in return from 3-month absence to fuel comeback vs. Utah Jazz

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LOS ANGELES -- Three months after he seriously considered undergoing surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow,

Paul George soared for an alley-oop pass that was sailing out of bounds, extended his right arm as far as it could go to catch the ball and then hit Isaiah Hartenstein with a pass for a layup -- all in one motion.

George's elbow is feeling good again -- and it showed. He had 34 points, six assists and four steals in his return to the court to lift the Clippers to a stirring,

George hit 5 of 7 shots, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, in the third quarter, when he erupted for 20 of his points to help the Clippers 

It was exactly what the Clippers had been missing since George last played on Dec. 22.

"It's in the 90 percentile," George said of how strong his elbow is after letting it heal for much of the past three months. "But it's still part of the progression. 

George's 34 points were the most ever by a player who had missed his team's previous 40-plus games within one season, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. 

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