Wizards’ Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Engage in Heated Altercation During NBA Game vs Thunder

Published 01/12/2022, 7:15 AM EST
Oct 30, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards center Montrezl Harrell (6) reacts at an official against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Washington Wizards registered an emphatic win over Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA. The Wizards were behind the Thunder in the first half but took the lead in the 3rd quarter and maintained the lead till the final quarter. However, two of their star players were involved in an altercation during halftime and had to be separated.

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The Wizards managed to record a narrow win over the Thunder at the Capital One Arena. However, close games often lead to tensions flaring during the game and this instance was no different. But this time two Wizards teammates, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, engaged in an altercation on Tuesday night.

Oct 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards center Montrezl Harrell (6) reacts after a play against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

In fact, it wasn’t just another heated moment between two teammates. According to some reports, the two players engaged in a physical altercation and were separated by the teammates.

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NBA teammates Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell engaged in an altercation at half-time

According to Shams Charania, Wizards stars Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell got into a fight during half-time at Wizards vs Thunder. Montrezl Harrell was reportedly angry at Caldwell-Pope for not passing the ball to him before the half-time bell sounded. It was reported that two had to be separated by their teammates and by the time they reached the locker room; the fight was over.

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However, the two came out in a jovial mood after halftime and put forth a significant contribution during the game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points and recorded 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Harrell, on the other end of the spectrum, started off the bench and scored 12 points in 24 minutes. Both Caldwell-Pope and Harrell were acquired by the Wizards during the summer in an exchange deal involving Russell Westbrook.

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The Wizards are now 21-20 this season and 5-5 in their last five games. A win against the Thunder puts them in the 9th position in the Eastern Conference. However, the Wizards now have seven straight home game wins in the NBA and have a good chance at improving their winning% now.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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