A shoving match spilled into NBA stands Tuesday night when the Golden State Warriors visited the Indiana Pacers at Banks Life Fieldhouse.
As they were battling for position down low, Golden State’s David Lee and Pacer center Roy Hibbert started to push each other half way through the fourth quarter with Indiana up 95-85.
From there teammates got involved, with 6-foot-3 Warriors guard Stephen Curry thrown to the ground twice by 7-foot Hibbert.
Referees and coaches separated the pileup on the baseline. Based off the video below, no punches were thrown.
Hibbert received two technical fouls and was thrown out of the game, while Lee, Curry, and second year guard Klay Thompson each were charged with a technical but played on.
In Hibbert’s absence, the Pacers maintained their lead and went on to win 108-97.
One of the most infamous fights in NBA history also involved Indiana, when then-Pacer Ron Artest rushed into the stands in Detroit and attacked a fan. It was later dubbed the Malice at the Palace.
As of now, no suspensions have been levied by the league office.
Though he's struggled offensively, Hibbert and his 2.6 blocks per game are huge reasons why Indiana has the NBA's top ranked defense. A one or two game suspension could hurt the Pacers as they battle for playoff position. At 36-21 Indiana is currently the No. 2 seed in the East, with the rival New York Knicks one-game behind.
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