Kyle Kuzma speaks on Wizards locker room tension in postgame interview

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On Friday, the Washington Wizards took on the Charlotte Hornets at the Capital One Arena, capturing their first win since January 29th. The 112-100 victory took strong effort in the closing moments as the team poured in 44 fourth-quarter points.

Six Wizards players ended the night scoring in double-digits, paced by Kyle Kuzma, who scored 28 points despite shooting 0-of-7 from three-point range. Washington's 6'9" forward racked up 14 points in the final frame, accompanied by the scoring of Deni Avdija and Richaun Holmes. Together, the trio overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and snapped the Wizards' 16-game losing streak.

What sparked the Wizards' comeback victory?

In his press conference following the game, Kuzma was asked what coming away with the win and snapping the month-long losing streak meant to him.

Kuzma seemed relieved to have the losing streak finally broken, citing tension in the locker room at halftime as reason for the team's camaraderie. Some Wizards players were going at one another during the break, which created a level of tension the team needed to successfully overcome a late-game deficit and close out their first win since January.

The quote led some Wizards fans to speculate on who may have been involved in the "good tension" Kuzma mentioned during the press conference. As the longest-tenured player in the District, Avdija was seen as a solid guess from fans on social media.

Alongside Kuzma and Avdija, third-year forward Corey Kispert was passionate about the win while speaking to the media postgame. Kispert finished the night with 13 of the Wizards' 34 bench points, shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Now sitting at 10-53 on the season, the Wizards will travel to South Beach to face the Miami Heat on Sunday. The clash with Miami will be the first of four road games for Washington, visiting Memphis, Houston, and Chicago in the days after.

If the Wizards hope to continue winning during this road trip, the team must find a way to recapture the locker room tension Kuzma spoke about on Friday night.

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