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Wizards’ Harrell, Caldwell-Pope reportedly fought during halftime of win over Thunder

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Washington Wizards celebrates after shooting a three-pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena on January 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — teammates last season on the Lakers who were sent to the Wizards together in the Russell Westbrook trade — came to blows at halftime of Washington’s win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday, according to a report.

From Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Sources said Harrell became upset with Caldwell-Pope for not passing him the basketball on a play before the first half concluded, and the two started jawing during the walk to the locker room. As the two exchanged words, Harrell and Caldwell-Pope took swings toward each other — with neither connecting — and became entangled before teammates separated them, sources said.

By the time players entered the locker room, the altercation had ended. There was increased security presence to ensure the tension did not escalate again.

The duo played the second half together without incident, and Caldwell-Pope hit the shot of the game to secure the win (he didn’t call bank, but he’ll take it).

Confrontations and tempers flaring are part of an NBA season, so long as it is not allowed to fester players are generally good about moving on from these things. Expect the usual “this is no big deal” comments from everyone involved later in the day.

The Wizards need to be in sync the next week with Bradley Beal out due to being back in COVID protocols (he is vaccinated).