On Nov. 19, 2004, the Pacers and Pistons met at The Palace of Auburn Hills for their first matchup since the previous season’s Eastern Conference finals series. Indiana got some revenge against the reigning NBA champions, leading for the majority of the game and winning by a final score of 97-82.
Of course, basketball fans don’t remember that contest for how it played out. They just remember how it ended.
Late in the fourth quarter, a massive melee broke out that involved Pacers and Pistons players as well as fans in attendance. “The Malice at the Palace,” as it was later called, became known as “the most infamous brawl in NBA history.”
And yet, more than 16 years later, there are still questions about what happened that evening and the aftermath of the incident. As part of a new Netflix documentary series, “Untold: Malice at the Palace” will attempt to answer those questions with never-before-seen footage from that night and interviews featuring players from both teams.
Here’s everything you need to know about watching “Untold: Malice at the Palace.”
‘Untold: Malice at the Palace’ release date, how to watch
- Release date: Tuesday, Aug. 10
- How to watch: Netflix
“Untold: Malice at the Palace” will be available to watch on Netflix on Tuesday, Aug. 10. Plans for the streaming service range from $8.99 to $17.99 per month.
The “Untold” series will take a deep dive into five different sports stories:
- “Untold: Malice at the Palace” (Aug. 10)
- “Untold: Deal with the Devil” (Aug. 17)
- “Untold: Caitlyn Jenner” (Aug. 24)
- “Untold: Crime and Penalties” (Aug. 31)
- “Untold: Breaking Point” (Sept. 7)
What will ‘Untold: Malice at the Palace’ cover?
Here’s the logline from the “Untold: Malice at the Palace” page on Netflix:
Key figures from an infamous 2004 incident between players and fans at an NBA game in Michigan discuss the fight, its fallout and its lasting legacy.
In an interview with The Ringer’s Ryen Russillo, former Pacers big man Jermaine O’Neal, who served as a producer on the documentary, said he hopes that viewers will “understand the people” involved and listen to their perspectives on what really transpired that night.
“It’s been a long time coming. I sat down with a lot of producers and directors. I wanted to be able to tell a story, not to the avid NBA fan, but to the average human that saw what happened but doesn’t follow the NBA,” O’Neal told Russillo. “There’s been a lot of information. People have tried to take stabs at this, and nobody’s ever been [able] to put it all together.
“And, for me personally, I never really wanted to talk about it because it was such a bitter spot for me, and people just really didn’t have all of the information.”