SEE IT: Wizards' Daniel Gafford dunks all over Lakers' Kyle Kuzma

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SEE IT: Wizards' Daniel Gafford dunks all over Lakers' Kyle Kuzma originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Kyle Kuzma tried to play good help defense. 

He was there, outside of the restricted area, and well-positioned to take a charge in case the Wizards' roller flew to the basket out of control. Daniel Gafford was fully in control, and proceeded to leap right over the Lakers forward for the ferocious slam dunk on Wednesday night. 

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Off a beautiful dime from Bradley Beal in the first quarter, Gafford rolled to the basket and got the Wizards bench off their feet in support. 

Plays like this have made Gafford a revelation for coach Scott Brooks since coming over in a trade deadline day deal that sent former swingman Troy Brown Jr. to Chicago. 

Gafford's athleticism and size have always been Gafford's biggest assets since getting drafted out of Arkansas in the second round of the 2019 draft. It's exactly what the Wizards had lacked after Thomas Bryant's ACL was torn early this season. 

In his 13th game for Washington, Gafford made sure to show the national spotlight just how effective taking a charge is when he's about to take flight. Perhaps Kuzma will take the better business decision next time. 

The following quarter, Chandler Hutchinson, Gafford's teammate with the Bulls who also came over in that deadline deal, also detonated on the rim. Then, Hutchinson showed some poise with a reverse finish just moments later. 

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Battling a team with lofty aspirations of a repeat back-to-back championship, the Wizards showed their midseason acquisitions can make eye-popping plays with the best of them.