Kennard scores 7 in the final 9 seconds as the Clippers overwhelm the Wizards

WASHINGTON – Luke Kennard scored seven points in the final 9 seconds, including a clear four-point game with 1.9 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 35-point deficit in the first half to beat the Washington Wizards 116-115 Tuesday evening.

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

Amir Coffey scored a career high of 29 points for the exhausted Clippers, who equalized their record to 2-2 in the middle of a season-long tour with eight games.

Terance Mann and Isaiah Hartenstein each had 16 points for Los Angeles, who scored 80 points after the break to improve to 7-10 since losing seven-time All-Star guard Paul George to a right elbow injury last month.

Kyle Kuzma had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Beal added 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of Washington’s fourth straight defeat.

The Wizards opened the game with a run of 15-2 and led by 35 in the second quarter before giving it all back after the break to complete an eight-game home run with a record of 3-5. LA scored Washington 40-27 in the third quarter and 40-22 in the fourth.

Washington led by nine at the end of the first quarter, holding the Clippers to 13 points on 5-of-20 shooting in the second.

Los Angeles gradually cut into the lead in the third, getting it to the single digit with a 15-1 run that stretched into the fourth, came within two within the final three minutes and then closed out the match at an 11-2 -race.

Wizards contributed to the case with seven turnovers in the fourth quarter, including five within the last six minutes.

At the last, Washington failed to run in the ball in time with 8.2 seconds to play, which put Kennard’s heroism up.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Their previous biggest deficit of the season was 28 points in a 113-89 loss in New Orleans on January 13th. … Improved to 2-6 in the first game in back-to-back matches. … F Marcus Morris was out for personal reasons. … Kawhi Leonard has not played all season while recovering from a torn ACL.

Wizards: Kept the Clippers at 36 points in the first half, which is an opponent’s season low. … Kuzma’s double-double was his 19th of the season and eighth of January.

NEXT

Clippers: Continue their tour of Orlando Wednesday night.

Wizards: Begin a three-game tour of Memphis Saturday night.

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