I don't know, speaking RAW its a hard sell for that to work, and its definitely not RAI.
that instantly reduces the hit points of one creature of your choice to 0
"The difference between Decrease and Reduce. When used as verbs, decrease means of a quantity, to become smaller, whereas reduce
means to bring down the size, quantity, quality, value or intensity
of something. Decrease is also noun with the meaning: an amount by which a quantity is decreased."
couldn't you consider reduce
an extemely negative's intensity
closer to zero?