The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves faced off in a heated clash that ended in a wild brawl. Five players were ejected after punches were thrown and almost every player on the court was involved. In this blog post, we will summarize the events of this wild game and discuss what led to the fight.
The fight began when Austin Rivers clashed with Mo Bamba, who was sitting on the Orlando bench. Both players threw punches and as they grappled, they spilled onto the court where Rivers was tackled to the floor by Jalen Suggs. Referees attempted to break up the fight, but Rivers, Jaden McDaniels and Taurean Prince from the Timberwolves, as well as Bamba and Suggs from Orlando, were all ejected.
Rivers said after the game that he “just didn’t like the way (Bamba) was talking” to him after he had missed a three-pointer. Orlando’s Markelle Fultz, who was sitting next to Bamba on the bench, told reporters afterwards that his teammate had said “nothing disrespectful or crazy.”
The Magic were already 83-73 up when the fight happened and extended their lead to a seemingly unassailable 20 points by the beginning of the fourth. Minnesota came back to within six points but the Orlando bench, led by Cole Anthony with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists, dragged the team to victory, adding 72 points while D’Angelo Russell contributed a game-high 29 points for the Timberwolves.
The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves provided an intense and exciting game that ended in a wild brawl. Five players were ejected after punches were thrown and almost every player on the court was involved. Austin Rivers and Mo Bamba were the instigators of the fight, which began when Rivers took offense to something Bamba said after he missed a three-pointer. Despite the fight, the Magic managed to pull out a 127-120 victory.