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14/05/1997 Heat–Knicks rivalry gets physical in wild free-for-all

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1997 NBA Playoffs ECSF Game 5 - Knicks vs Heat - Final minutes

The Heat–Knicks rivalry was one of the fiercest in the NBA, and Sports Illustrated considered it the third-best NBA rivalry. In the 1997 NBA playoffs, their rivalry came to a head when, in game five, a brawl started after P.J. Brown objected to Charlie Ward's attempt to gain position for a rebound. Brown flipped Ward over his head and body-slammed him, and a melee ensued.
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