Montrezl Harrell calls reported halftime brawl part of ‘competitive nature’ – NBC4 Washington

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Harrell calls half-time brawl ‘competitive in nature’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Wizards teammates Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got into a physical altercation on their way to the locker room at halftime of their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, but Harrell insists he exploded before they returned to the field.

Athletic’s Shams Charania reported On Tuesday night, Harrell was frustrated with Caldwell-Pope over his decision not to pass the ball to him on a play late in the first half. Harrell and Caldwell-Pope were spotted talking back and forth on the way to the tunnel, where the altercation allegedly took place. They each missed several swings against each other and had to be separated by teammates, Charania reported citing a source.

Washington trailed 61-58 at halftime, but the lingering effects of the disagreement didn’t impact the game enough to prevent the Wizards from beating the Thunder in the third and fourth quarters en route to a 122-118 victory. Harrell then took to her Instagram Story on Wednesday morning to clarify what happened.

“Heated discussions are part of the competitive nature, that’s all,” Harrell wrote in a repost of the story by ancient wizard Gilbert Arenas. “We bumped our heads and realized he had come out and won a game. As for Shams trying to get information, nobody knows, but our team is weak [as] hell!”

The game was Harrell’s first appearance since being placed on COVID protocols in late December. He finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench while Caldwell-Pope had 16 points and three assists as the team’s starting shooter. Kyle Kuzma led the Wizards with 29 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored a double-double with Bradley Beal due to coronavirus concerns.

Washington’s victory was its second in a row, bringing its record to 21-20 this season. The Wizards currently hold the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference and will play their next seven games at home.

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