Mo Bamba and Austin Rivers throw PUNCHES at each other and spark a huge bench-clearing brawl during the Magic-Timberwolves game – and fight leads to FIVE players being ejected!
Mo Bamba and Austin Rivers came to blows on Friday night in Minnesota, as both benches cleared and five players were tossed from the contest.
The incident happened with 1:32 remaining in the third quarter, with the Magic winning 83-73 at the time.
Rivers and the Magic bench appeared to exchange words after the guard missed a three-pointer earlier in the game, and tensions eventually spilled over when a timeout was called.
Rivers, by himself near the Orlando bench after the dead ball, appeared to be struck first by Bamba as he’s knocked backwards, before the veteran player tried to punch back before being knocked to the ground by the Magic’s Jalen Suggs.
The T-Wolves’ Taurean Prince tried to come to Rivers’ aid but was shoved by Cole Anthony, while Anthony Edwards was also seen trying to play peacemaker.
Austin Rivers was thrown to the grown by Jalen Suggs as he tried to fight off Mo Bamba (left)
Rivers was knocked to the ground, and so too was his teammate Taurean Prince (second right)
The incident ended up with a scrum on the floor, as players from both sides rushed to stop it
Ultimately, Rivers, Prince and Jaden McDaniels were tossed for the hosts, while Bamba and Suggs were ejected for the Magic.
But the drama did not end there.
According to Minnesota’s play-by-play announcer Michael Grady, there was a heavy police presence in the back hallways of the arena afterwards, and Bamba ran ‘all the way around the tunnel’ before being stopped.
The Magic big man continued the feud on Instagram afterwards, posting a popular meme of a graph on a whiteboard conveying the message ‘f*** around and find out.’
Rivers also took to his Instagram, essentially calling Bamba irrelevant within the sport and suggesting people didn’t like him in Orlando.
‘Buddy I went at you 1 on 5!!! With no back up!!,’ he said.
‘U needed ur team mates other wise u would of been [choked] out. talking about find out. We only know u from an old rap song… not hoops. Stfu. and Orlando my city. Ask around an actually find out. They don’t mess with u there… facts!’
The Magic would go on to win the game 127-120.
The fight comes just a day after Dillon Brooks and Donovan Mitchell were ejected from a Grizzlies-Cavs matchup in Cleveland, as Brooks swung his arm into Mitchell’s groin, before Mitchell threw the ball at him and shoved his opponent.
Brooks was suspended for a game and Mitchell was handed a $20,000 fine.
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