We Remember: 30th Anniversary of Julius Erving and Larry Bird's Fight

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2014

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On Nov. 9, 1984, two of the NBA's biggest stars were involved in an on-court brawl.

The Boston Celtics (4-0) hosted the Philadelphia 76ers (5-0) at the Boston Garden on that night. It was expected to be a great battle between two undefeated teams, with Larry Bird and Julius Erving going head-to-head.

However, the showdown will forever be remembered for the fight that broke out late in the third quarter rather than either player's performance in the game.

As the video above shows, Dr. J got some punches in on a restrained Bird. Both players ended up being ejected from the game. Dr. J exited with six points, three rebounds and five assists; Bird had posted 42 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

The fight resulted $30,500 in fines, according to NBA.com. Dr. J and Bird received the biggest fines of any players involved, each getting docked $7,500 for their roles in the fracas.

Boston won the game, 130-119.



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