If you saw how the first half ended for the Clippers, you could've turned off your TV and had been confident that the Wizards had the game in the bag. However, the Clippers had a secret weapon coming off the bench, and his name is Luke Kennard.
The Wizards found a way to make a four-game losing streak look even more embarrassing. Down 66-36 coming into the second half, the Clippers scored 80 points to rally back for an incredible 116-115 win. This amazing come from behind victory has gone down as the second-largest blown lead in NBA history. To add to the embarrassment for Washington, the Clippers were basically down eight starters.
Kennard scored seven points inside the final 9 seconds, including a go-ahead four-point play with 1.9 seconds remaining. The veteran small-forward hit a 32-footer out of a timeout and then after Washington committed a 5-second violation, sank another three while taking a foul from Bradley Beal. Kennard finished the game with 25 points coming off the bench.
Kennard, along with Amir Coffey who scored a career-high 29 points, helped push a depleted Clippers roster to 2-2 at the midpoint of their eight-game-long road trip.
The Wizards opened the game on a 15-2 run and led by 35 in the second quarter before giving it all back after halftime to complete an eight-game homestand with a record of 3-5. LA outscored Washington 40-27 in the third quarter and 40-22 in the fourth.
This is what Kennard had to say after the game when recalling his incredible, 'Reggie Miller' like preformance with the media.
The man who fouled Kennard, Bradley Beal, didn't have much to say other than calling his teams' second-half collapse, 'embarrassing.'
“It’s embarrassing,” Beal said. “There’s no other way to put it… I literally was sitting for the last 10-15 minutes. I have no words besides embarrassing and… I don’t know.”
Without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, this Clippers team refuses to lie down and quit in any game this season.
As for Washington, they have come back down to earth after a hot start to begin the season. Currently sitting at the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards will embark on a three-game road trip, starting in Memphis to play the Grizzlies Saturday night.
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