Things got chippy in the Wizards’ locker room during Tuesday’s 122-118 home win against the Thunder.
Wizards guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center Montrezl Harrell got into a physical altercation at halftime and had to be separated by teammates, according to The Athletic.
Harrell reportedly became upset with Caldwell-Pope for not passing him the ball on a specific play before the first half ended.
The teammates, according to the outlet, got into a heated conversation while on their way back to the locker room, which led to Harrell and Caldwell-Pope throwing punches but failing to connect.
The incident resulted in an increased security presence so that things did not escalate further. Both players returned to play the second half.
Caldwell-Pope and Harrell have not addressed the report, and the Wizards, nor the NBA have disciplined either player.
Caldwell-Pope and Harrell both played key roles, scoring in double digits in the win over OKC.
Caldwell-Pope finished with 16 points, including three 3-pointers, three rebounds and three assists. Harrell tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
Caldwell-Pope and Harrell were Lakers teammates in the 2020-21 season. They were part of the trade Wizards’ five-team blockbuster trade in the offseason that sent Russell Westbrook to the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma, who is having a career season in Washington, also came to the Wizards from the Lakers.
The Wizards (21-20) are currently fighting for playoff positioning as the No. 9 seed in the east.
Washington plays host to the Magic (7-34) on Wednesday.