The November 19th, 2004 game between the Pistons and the Pacers in Auburn Hills was fueled by leftover hate between the two squads after their Eastern Conference Finals clash the year before.
The Pacers had the game wrapped up with about 50 seconds left, when Ron Artest fouled Ben Wallace from behind on a dunk attempt.
The hard foul led to a confrontation between players from both teams. Amid the squall, Artest laid down on the scorer's table when a fan threw a cup of Diet Coke at Artest that hit him in the chest.
In the greatest (or worst) overreaction in sports, Artest charged up into the stands and pursued a man he mistakenly took for the perpetrator, punching him straight across the face.
Artest's teammate, Stephen Jackson joined in, running up into the crowd and throwing punches at fans. Fans spilled onto the court as players from both teams ran amok in the brawl.
After Artest was brought down onto the court, he was confronted by two fans. Not to be denied, Artest punched one fan in the face, knocking him into the other. Jermaine O'Neal cleaned up the mess by socking the other one in the jaw to ensure he was down for the count.
The remaining seconds of the game were called off as the scene became violent and dangerous. Debris and more beverages were thrown onto the court as all players were escorted off. When it was all said and done, nine fans were injured and two had to be taken to the hospital.
The event would forever be known as the Malice at the Palace, and consequently the greatest overreaction ever in sports.