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Clippers Fend off Late Grizz Surge, Win Season Finale

Posted By Taylor Smith On Apr 14 2011 @ 12:57 pm In Los Angeles Clippers | No Comments

For a while there, this game seemed over before it had even gotten started.

The Clippers surged to an 11-0 lead right out of the gate, and eventually led by 29 at the half.

However, the Grizzlies, who will face the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, decided to make things interesting after halftime. They outscored L.A. 66-44 in the second half, but the first-half deficit proved too costly, as they fell 110-103.

Blake Griffin notched the second triple-double of his career (31 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists), while Eric Gordon chipped in with 24 points of his own.

Griffin, who sat out every game of last season with a knee injury, finished the year as the only Clipper to appear in all 82 games this season.

Rookie Eric Bledsoe, returning from a one-game suspension, scored 13 points and dished out six assists in 22 minutes off-the-bench.

Zach Randolph sat out for the second-consecutive night for the Grizzlies in order to rest up for the playoffs. His 20 points and 12 rebounds were sorely missed, as his replacement, Darrell Arthur, finished with seven points and nine boards.

Starters Tony Allen and Mike Conley also sat out for the Grizzlies.

Sam Young led Memphis with 22 points, while former USC Trojan O.J. Mayo scored 12 in his second-straight start.

The Clippers, as they have time and time again this season, appeared to be crumbling as the second half wore on. The crisp ball movement that made them look so fluid stopped after haltime, and their offensive output suffered as a result.

Memphis was able to get within five with about four minutes to play, but a pair of three-point plays by the Clippers widened the margin once again.

The Grizzlies came right back, and had a chance to get to within one with 30 seconds to go, but a missed shot followed by a turnover sealed the win for the Clippers.

Chris Kaman, nursing a sprained knee, missed his 50th game of the season for L.A. The Clippers finish their first season under new head coach Vinny del Negro at 32-50, good for fourth place in the Pacific Division.

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