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Clippers complete 35-point comeback to stun Wizards

Luke Kennard provides the final heroics with an unreal 4-point play as the Clippers capped the NBA's second-biggest comeback.

Luke Kennard hits 2 clutch 3-pointers to finish the Clippers' amazing 35-point comeback win.

What looked like a sure win for the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night turned into a moment in NBA history.

The Clippers battled back from a 35-point deficit to earn a 116-115 win and stun the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

Clippers guard Luke Kennard was the hero, scoring seven points inside the final 9 seconds. The capper in that run was a go-ahead four-point play with 1.9 seconds remaining to put LA up for good.

Kennard hit a 32-footer out of a timeout and then, after Washington committed a 5-second violation, sank another 3 running to his right while absorbing a foul from Bradley Beal. He finished with 25 points off the bench.

The victory marks the largest comeback in Clippers history and ties for the second-largest in the play-by-play era (1996-97). The only game that featured a bigger comeback was when the Utah Jazz overcame a 36-point deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 107-103 on Nov. 27, 1996.

After the win, even Kennard himself was in a state of awe himself, posting on Twitter: “What just happened … crazy fight in this group. What a win! #ClipperNation”

Amir Coffey scored a career-high 29 points for the depleted Clippers, who evened their record to 2-2 at the midpoint of a season-long eight-game trip. 

They became the first team to accomplish that feat in a single season since at least 1996-97. And all of those wins came after they lost seven-time All-Star guard Paul George to a right elbow injury in December.

“This January has been wild,” Coffey said. “You never know when the game’s over. Just play through the buzzer.”

Game Recap: Clippers 116, Wizards 115

LA gradually cut into the lead in the third quarter, got it to single digits with a 15-1 run that stretched into the fourth, got to within two inside the final three minutes, and then closed the game on an 11-2 run.

The Wizards contributed to the cause with seven fourth-quarter turnovers, including five inside the final six minutes.

On the last, Washington failed to inbound the ball in time with 8.2 seconds to play, setting up Kennard’s heroics.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.