What are the biggest NBA fights?

Basketball games can sometimes be tough, sure. And when non-calls and intense physicality gets in the head of the players - sometimes causing a scuffle or a fight. We have gathered the list of the biggest and the greatest NBA brawls of all time. Vote now for what you think should top this list!

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    #1Malice at the Palace

    Malice at the Palace

    The infamous Malice in the Palace happened in a game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Many players and fans got involved, and a handful of game suspensions, fines, and criminal charges.

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    Ryan Burns
    Written on August 13, 2019
    "Damn! Definitely one of the biggest NBA fights in the books. Twas fun and disturbing at the same time. Good thing that there were no casualties when Malice at the Palace happened. Artest really got a poor temper, doesn't he?"
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    #2Denver Nuggets vs New York Knicks

    Denver Nuggets vs New York Knicks

    Before being traded to New York in 2011, Carmelo Anthony was one of the players who landed a punch in an altercation in the game between the Knicks and the Nuggets in 2006. It then resulted in Melo receiving a 15-game suspension.

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    Juan Sullivan
    Written on August 13, 2019
    "Oh man! My boy Melo got some good jabs. I think he will make a better fit if he'll skip ball and jump to boxing straight up! 😂"
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    #3Shaq vs Chuck

    Shaq vs Chuck

    Back in their primes, one cannot say that Shaquille O' Neal and Charles Barkley cannot are "friends" like they are now. In a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers on November 10, 1999, the two got involved in a scuffle.

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    Patrick Alvarado
    Written on August 13, 2019
    "Now this is one of the best NBA fights! Not because of the fight itself but because of the sequences that occured between the Big Diesel and Sir Charles. I didn't expect they'd roll over the camera crew because Chuck threw the ball. LOL"
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    #4Tree Bites Man

    Tree Bites Man

    In a first-round playoff game in 1983 between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge's right middle finger was almost bitten off by Tree Rollins. It required a couple of stitches, and the Celtics eventually won the series 2-1.

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    Rakesh Lobo
    Written on August 13, 2019
    "Yeah, I have read this headline back when I was a kid in Massachusetts. I am a Hawks fan but boy! Ainge can get into someone's head way too easily bro. 👌"
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    #5Kobe Bryant vs Chris Childs

    Kobe Bryant vs Chris Childs

    Kobe's first NBA fight happened during their game versus the New York Knicks. Chris Childs was able to land a punch right to Kobe. Childs was fined $15K and was suspended for two games, while Bryant fined $5K and was suspended for a game.

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    Randy Stevens
    Written on August 13, 2019
    "Kobe Bryant is definitely going to be one of the greatest. But bro, he is not good at basketbrawls. "
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    #6P.J. Brown vs Charlie Ward

    P.J. Brown vs Charlie Ward

    In the 5th game of the 1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals between Miami Heat and New York Knicks, things got chippy between P.J. Brown and Charlie Ward. Brown flipped Ward, causing a bench-clearing brawl. The Heat won the series in 7 games.

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    #7Bill Laimbeer vs Boston Celtics

    Bill Laimbeer vs Boston Celtics

    Bill Laimbeer threw a series of elbows to Larry Bird in the Game 2 of the '87 Eastern Conference Finals. A few more antics later, Robert Parish got fed up and attacked Laimbeer from behind while they battled for the rebound during Game 5.

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    #8Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks

    Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks

    The '80s and the '90s was the high time of the Bulls and Knicks rivalry. Game 3 of the '94 Eastern Conference Semifinals proved it when Jo Jo English and Derek Harper got involved in a brawl, in front of the then NBA Commissioner David Stern.

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Summary

Best What are the biggest NBA fights
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Malice at the PalaceVideos 20 Free
2Denver Nuggets vs New York KnicksVideos 13 Free
3Shaq vs ChuckVideos 6 Free
4Tree Bites ManVideos 3 Free
5Kobe Bryant vs Chris ChildsVideos 3 Free
6P.J. Brown vs Charlie WardVideos 2 Free
7Bill Laimbeer vs Boston CelticsVideos 2 Free
8Chicago Bulls vs New York KnicksVideos 1 Free
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