Credit: AP-Scanpix
Credit AP-Scanpix

Luke Kennard converted a four-point play with 1.9 seconds to play as the visiting Los Angeles Clippers (24-25) overcame a 35-point deficit to post a 116-115 (23-32, 13-34, 40-27, 40-22) victory over the Washington Wizards (23-25) on Tuesday.

Player of the Game
Luke  Kennard
EFF
31
Luke Kennard
Points 25
Accuracy 8-13
Rebounds 8
Assists 6

The result tied the second-largest comeback in NBA history, when the Sacramento Kings escaped a 35-point hole against the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 21, 2009. The record was the Utah Jazz overturning a 36-point deficit to defeat the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 27, 1996.

The Wizards held a 115-109 lead with 11.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter before Kennard halved the deficit with a 3-pointer.

Washington's Kyle Kuzma was whistled for a five-second inbound violation, and Kennard drained his fourth 3-pointer of the night while being fouled by Bradley Beal. Kennard sank the ensuing foul shot to give Los Angeles its first lead of the game and the improbable victory.

Amir Coffey scored 29 points and Kennard finished with 25 off the bench as the Clippers improved to 2-2 on their eight-game road trip.

Beal collected 23 points and nine rebounds and Kuzma added 19 and 12, respectively, for the Wizards, who completed a 3-5 homestand with four straight losses.

Daniel Gafford, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each had 12 points and Thomas Bryant and Deni Avdija added 11 apiece for Washington.

The Wizards scored 17 of the game's first 19 points, with Los Angeles unintentionally aiding the cause by missing its first 10 shots from the floor. Gafford scored 10 points in that stretch, making four of his five shots from the floor and two free throws.

The Clippers cut the deficit to nine points at the end of the first quarter before the Wizards countered by scoring 24 of the first 26 points of the second to push their advantage to 56-25. Corey Kispert, Bryant, Rui Hachimura, and Beal each made a 3-pointer during the surge.

Reggie Jackson snapped Washington's 17-0 run by sinking a mid-range jumper with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter.

Los Angeles attempted to claw back into the contest by outscoring Washington by a 40-27 margin in the third quarter. Coffey scored 13 points in the session as the Clippers trimmed the Wizards' lead to 93-76.

Clippers: Amir Coffey 29 (5 REB), Luke Kennard 25 (8 REB, 6 AST), Isaiah Hartenstein 16 (5 REB, 6 AST), Terance Mann 16 (5 REB).

Wizards: Bradley Beal 23 (9 REB, 6 AST), Kyle Kuzma 19 (12 REB), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 12, Daniel Gafford 12, Montrezl Harrell 12 (8 REB), Deni Avdija 11, Thomas Bryant 11.

Wild ending

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Washington Wizards
Los Angeles Clippers
46%
37/80
Field goals
41%
39/94
57
Rebounds
53
25
Assists
28
4
Steals
9
7
Blocks
5
19
Turnovers
12

Best players

Bradley  Beal
23 PTS
8/15 FG
5/6 FT
Amir  Coffey
29 PTS
10/21 FG
6/6 FT
Kyle  Kuzma
12 REB
10 DREB
2 OREB
Luke  Kennard
8 REB
7 DREB
1 OREB
Bradley  Beal
6 As
5 TO
40 MIN
Los Angeles Clippers
Few players
6 As
Bradley  Beal
22 EFF
60% 2P%
40% 3P%
Luke  Kennard
31 EFF
60% 2P%
63% 3P%