Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma was motivated by hecklers in Cleveland that trolled him about former teammate LeBron James.
On Wednesday, Kuzma drained a clutch 3-pointer to secure a 97-94 win over the Cavaliers. After the game, he said his late hot streak was thanks to a fan with a sign that read: “LeBron got Kuzma his RING!”
“I was just ready, I was ready for it,” Kuzma told reporters about the shot. “Plus, there was some hecklers during the game, talking to me. It was their fault, really. It was their fault,” he said about the corner 3-pointer that put Washington up 95-94.
Kuzma was asked about interacting with the fan with during the game and recalled saying, “Without [LeBron], Cleveland wouldn’t be s–t.”
He added, “They chose violence and I just get kept going,” later clarifying, “not violence, they were just talking too much.”
James had two stints with his hometown Cavaliers, leading the franchise to their only title in 2016 before leaving for the West Coast.
Kuzma played with James for three seasons during his Lakers tenure. The pair won a championship together in the 2020 NBA bubble, before Kuzma was traded to the Wizards in August as part of a package for Russell Westbrook.
Kuzma finished Wednesday night’s game with 22 points and five rebounds. The Wizards were down four points with less than 30 seconds left, when Kuzma knocked down two late three-pointers for a win on the road.
The Wizards visit the Magic on Saturday.