LOS ANGELES — The Clippers pulled their usual Jekyll and Hyde act, blowing most of a big lead before hanging on at the end. Blake Griffin never wavered though, closing his spectacular rookie season with a triple-double.
He had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Clippers beat the playoff-bound Memphis Grizzlies 110-103 on Wednesday night.
"It actually just hit me, it's over," said Griffin, who made the All-Star team and won the league's dunk contest. "I don't know what I'm going to do with myself, but yeah, you just kind of exhale."
Griffin sat out all 82 games last season after hurting his knee in the final preseason game and having surgery. He was the only player to appear in every game this season when injuries plagued the team.
"Very meaningful," he said about reaching one of his goals. "I feel all right. I'm obviously not the same as at the beginning of the season, but I still feel like I could play, so that's promising."
Eric Gordon added 24 points and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who led all the way in ending a three-game skid but finished 32-50 to miss the playoffs again.
"We beat a lot of good teams," Gordon said. "All we can do is look forward to next season."
Sam Young led six players in double figures with 22 points and Greivis Vasquez added 17 as the Grizzlies rested starters Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph in anticipation of their first playoff berth since 2005-06.
"We've already talked about the playoffs and preparation and getting ready for the playoffs," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "This game meant nothing."
The loss cost them the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. They fell to eighth and will open against top-seeded San Antonio, which won 61 games, second-best in the NBA. New Orleans, which lost to Dallas on the final night of the regular season, wound up seventh.
"We were going to start Game 1 on the road so at that point, it's semantics," said Shane Battier, who had 13 points. "You're going to play a really good team so we wanted to play well tonight, feel good about ourselves and try to get a little bit of momentum with guys resting."
The Grizzlies closed within five on Young' 3-pointer with 4:18 to play. Griffin answered with a three-point play and Gordon made a layup to keep the Clippers in front, 105-95.
O.J. Mayo and Vasquez hit 3-pointers that cut the Clippers' lead to four with 33 seconds left. Griffin won a jump ball, but then had it stolen by Hamed Haddadi.