Tensions were high during Tuesday night’s game between the Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder with teammates Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell having to be separated after getting into a physical altercation during halftime, according to a report.
Sources told The Athletic that Harrell and Caldwell-Pope began “jawing” on the way back to the locker room before eventually swinging at one another – both failing to make contact. Washington players had to step in to separate the pair.
According to the report, the argument started because Harrell was upset with Caldwell-Pope for not passing the ball.
Washington Wizards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell (6) celebrate with Kyle Kuzma after his game-winning 3-pointer against the Cavaliers on Nov. 10, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The play in question appeared to be the final one of the half, when Caldwell-Pope took a shot from half-court with just seconds left on the clock.
Both players were seemingly able to put their differences aside in the second half to win the game 122-118, improving their record in clutch situations to 17-4. Caldwell-Pope had the game-winner after banking in a tie-breaking 3-pointer with just 30.8 seconds remaining.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Derrick Favors fouls Wizards guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
“Once again, we got timely stops and made big plays,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “You could argue there were lucky plays, but we had to have them, and guys stepped up and made them.”
Caldwell-Pope finished with 16 points and three assists, followed by Harrell with 12 points and two assists.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.