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  • The Pacers–Pistons brawl was an altercation that occurred in a National Basketball Association game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons on November 19, 2004, at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Associated Press called it "the most infamous brawl in NBA history." With less than a minute left in the game, a fight broke out between players on the court. After the fight was broken up, a fan threw a drink from the stands at Pacers player Ron Artest while he was lying on the scorer's table. Artest then entered the crowd and sparked a massive brawl between players and fans. After the game, the NBA suspended nine players for a total of 146 games, which led to $11 million in salary being lost by the players. Five players were also charged with assault, and eventually sentenced to a year of probation and community service. Five fans also faced criminal charges and were banned from attending Pistons home games for life. The fight also led the NBA to increase security between players and fans, and to limit the sale of alcohol.
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  • N.B.A. Seeks to Overturn Arbitrator's Shorter Ban for O'Neal
  • 12/23/2004
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  • Five Pacers, seven Pistons fans charged in brawl
  • 12/8/2004
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  • 5 Pacers and 5 Fans Are Charged in Fight
  • 12/8/2004
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  • Vote: Pacers–Pistons brawl
  • 11/20/2004
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  • Always trouble when fans involved
  • 11/23/2004
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  • Union director suggests 35-game maximum
  • 11/28/2004
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  • Suspensions without pay, won't be staggered
  • 11/21/2004
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  • Indiana vs. Detroit — Recap — November 19, 2004
  • 11/19/2004

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