Blake Griffin returned to the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, April 3 after missing 45 games due to injuries and suspension. Although he only scored six points and nabbed five rebounds, he did show he was back like he never left.

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Griffin spoke on how exciting it was for him to get back on the court, although he was a little rusty.



“Just like riding a bike except it was a little rusty,” Griffin said, corralling his young son Ford, who was chewing gum like his dad.

Chris Paul had 27 points and 12 rebounds and Griffin scored six points to help Los Angeles beat the Washington Wizards 114-109 Sunday and clinch home-court advantage in the playoffs.

Griffin shot 2 of 7 and contributed five rebounds and two assists while playing 24 minutes after missing 45 games because of quadriceps and hand injuries. The team went 30-15 and clinched a playoff spot during his absence.

“It was a blast being back out there,” Griffin said. “My rhythm was pretty bad, conditioning was a little bit better than I thought it would be, but not great. I feel good now, but the key is the next few days.”

The Clippers went 30-15 without their star forward and clinched a playoff spot, as well. Now, it’s time for Griffin to make use of the rest of the regular season and power the Clippers through the playoffs.