The NBA will have a busy day reviewing footage of the Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards game last night as things got ugly.
Draymond Green and Bradley Beal were both ejected late in the second quarter after being involved in an altercation on the court.
The incident started when Beal drove toward the basket and had his shot blocked by Green with 23 seconds left in the half.
The Wizards maintained possession, but as the two jostled for position in the paint, Beal smacked Green in the face which prompted a reaction from the power forward and the two got locked up.
Members of both teams, as well as officials and coaches, immediately tried to break up the scuffle as a melee quickly ensued.
"I don't know what I'm supposed to do if someone hits you twice," Green told ESPN as he left the locker room at halftime. "Man, you're taught as a kid not to allow that. What was I supposed to do?"
Asked if he had any history with the Wizards shooting guard, Draymond replied: "There's history with me and the NBA. That's the only reason I can think of why I was ejected."
The Defensive Player of the Year and the Warriors were upset that he was punished despite not initiating the incident.
Beal said he apologised to his teammates at half-time and after the game and admitted he "needs to show better leadership and control."
"Things were said. Things were done throughout the whole game. It was a scuffle. I'm not gonna go into details about it. I'll do that with the league tomorrow," he said.
"We just got into it and things got out of hand and we both got ejected. I told my teammates that I can't put myself in a situation like that to leave them out there to battle out against a tough team without me out there.
"Granted, we still could have won the game, I felt like. But I can't put my guys in that type of situation.
As expected, the fight generated reactions across social media and got people talking instantly.
Another controversial moment during the fracas involved Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. as he appeared to throw a punch at Klay Thompson.
The Dubs shooting guard said Oubre apologised to him after the game for what he called a “graze to my face.”
The league is sure to be busy sifting through all the footage from the game and Green and Beal are almost certain to be hit with fines and possibly suspensions.
The incident ultimately marred what was an entertaining game as the defending champions overturned an 18-point second half deficit to come away with a 120-117 win.