Chris Paul suffered a strained right hamstring late in the third quarter of the Clippers' game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

The All-Star point guard didn't return to play in the game after he went to the locker room, but the Clippers went on to a 93-80 victory at Staples Center.

The Clippers didn't comment on Paul's status, but he was optimistic.

"I told Doc, 'If you need me, I can go,'" Paul said of Coach Doc Rivers. "It's a little tight, but I'll be all right. I'll be ready Friday."

The Clippers play at the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Paul knew something was wrong.

"I know my body well enough now to where if I feel something , I look over at our trainer and I was like, 'Get me out for a second. Let me see what's going on,'" Paul said.

Paul's replacement, Darren Collison, and sixth man Jamal Crawford did their part to make sure the Clippers won their third consecutive game.

The Clippers also played good defense, limiting the Knicks to 38.6% shooting for the game.

Paul finished with 15 points on four-for-nine shooting, seven assists and five rebounds.

Collison had nine points and two assists and Crawford had 13 points, eight in the fourth quarter.

And despite foul trouble that limited him to 36 minutes, Blake Griffin had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Paul left the game with 3:19 left in the third quarter. He stayed in the locker room area and continued to test the hamstring by running some to see if he could return.

With about 2:25 left in the game and the Clippers leading, 90-78, Paul returned to the court with his right hamstring wrapped up with ice on his injury. He sat and watched the rest of the game.

With Paul out, the Clippers built a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, their biggest margin of the game, and that was more than enough to hold off the Knicks.