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Malice at the Palace: Watch the most terrifying NBA brawl in recent history

Ten years ago today, the Pacers and Pistons threw down in one of the strangest, scariest, and darkest fights in NBA history.

A hard foul at the end of a chippy game led to a benches-clearing brawl that soon spilled into the stands after a fan threw a cup of liquid on the infamously pugnacious Metta World Peace, née Ron Artest. Players pummeled fans. Fans hurled drinks and snacks at the players. A few ticketholders who were brave or drunk or stupid or all of the above rushed the floor only to be wailed on some more.

The brawl led to 146 games-worth of suspensions. Artest later claimed he rushed the stands in self-defense.