It's one of those "I remember exactly where I was" moments in life. The Indiana Pacers visited the Palace of Auburn Hills to take on the Detroit Pistons in a matchup of Eastern Conference powerhouses on Nov. 19, 2004. What ended up being a lopsided affair between rivals got out of hand when Ron Artest delivered a stiff foul to Ben Wallace in the closing minutes. As players from both teams took part in a heated confrontation, what happened next would forever change the landscape of the NBA.
Sprawled out on the scorer's table as officials attempted to regain control of the situation, Artest was hit with a cup of beer thrown by a Pistons fan. Already enraged from the dispute with Wallace, he ran into the stands and attacked who he believed to be the assailant—the first exchange in what would become known as the "Malice at the Palace."
Pistons fans continued to attack Pacers players, while Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal joined the melee with punches of their own. More cups of beer were poured on Pacers players as they exited toward the locker room.
In the aftermath, 10 players from both teams were suspended, five of which were also charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. The NBA also imposed new security guidelines and alcohol sales rules for every arena. Furthermore, each team was ordered to put at least three security guards between players and fans.
For better or worse, the brawl was a pivotal moment in NBA history. Today marks the 15th anniversary of the game, and we're taking a look back at the key participants in the Malice at the Palace and the sneakers they wore.