Former Franklin High School standout Luke Kennard and the Los Angeles Clippers trailed the Washington Wizards 66-36 at the half Tuesday night. Then the Clippers scored 80 second-half points to rally for an improbable 116-115 win.
Kennard had 25 points off the bench on 8-of-13 from the field - including 5-of-8 from 3-point range - with eight rebounds and six assists.
Kennard scored seven points in the final nine seconds, including a go-ahead, four-point play with 1.9 seconds left. He made a 32-footer out of a timeout, and was fouled on another 3-pointer that followed Washington's 5-second violation. He made the free throw.
The NBA has since acknowledged that officials shouldn't have called a shooting foul on the four-point play.
Beal (WAS) places two hands on Kennard's (LAC) body and makes contact with his arm, prior to the start of his upward shooting motion. A personal foul should be assessed and the basket should not count.
Earlier social media reactions:
— Bally Sports West (@BallySportWest) January 26, 2022
THE LEGEND pic.twitter.com/6lNB8htmNW
— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) January 26, 2022
The Clippers just completed one of the most insane comebacks you will ever see, down 35 (!!!!) points. Luke Kennard gets it done at the death. pic.twitter.com/74BnEwofR4
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 26, 2022
— NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2022
The Clipper trailed by 7 pts with 20 seconds left tonight.
Entering Tuesday, teams were 1-16,239 over the last 20 seasons when trailing by 7+ points with under 20 seconds remaining in regulation.
On January 2, 2014, the Cavaliers did this against the Magic, but won in overtime. pic.twitter.com/fIsO4119tx
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 26, 2022
Last March, Kennard scored 20 points in 18 minutes off the bench to help the Clippers rally past the Atlanta Hawks.
Kennard agreed in Dec. 2020 to a four-year contract extension reportedly worth $64 million.
Franklin announced that Kennard - two-time Ohio Mr. Basketball (in 2014 and 2015) and a football standout as well - will have the No. 10 he wore for the Wildcats retired at a boys' basketball game Feb. 1.
Kennard, 25, the Pistons' first-round pick out of Duke in 2017, is one of seven players from local high schools, the Cincinnati Bearcats or Xavier Musketeers on NBA rosters.
In Oct. 2019, Kennard's NBA season got off to a memorable start as he poured in a career-high 30 points off the bench to help the Pistons win their first game of the season against the Pacers in Indianapolis.
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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Luke Kennard scores seven points in nine seconds to lift Clippers