Tensions have reached an all-time high between the 76ers and the Nets.
A fight broke out with 7:42 on the clock at Barclays Center in the third quarter of Saturday's playoff game between the Nets and the 76ers.
Sixers center Joel Embiid fouled Nets' big man Jarrett Allen. Jared Dudley then pushed Embiid in retaliation, which prompted Philadelphia's Jimmy Butler to push Dudley. Several players ended up in the crowd as the tensions escalated and Ben Simmons and D'Angelo Russell got involved.
Butler and Dudley were both ejected from the game.
After the matchup, Embiid called Dudley a "nobody."
"First of all, he's a nobody. When opponents do stuff like that, they're trying to get us out of our game," Embiid said. "I'm too valuable for our team. That's why I didn't react. I did not do anything, and I did not think that was a flagrant foul because I played the ball."
Saturday marked Game 4 of the first-round playoff series, which has been filled with tension from the first tip.
Embiid was given a flagrant in Game 2 for elbowing Allen less than a minute before halftime. After the game, he tried to apologize for the move and explained he realized how bad it was upon replay review, but the gesture was overshadowed by Simmons laughing during the apology. Simmons's reaction caused Embiid to also chuckle and grin during what was expected to be a more serious moment, which didn't sit well with the Nets.
The Sixers ultimately took a 3–1 series lead with a 112–108 win on Saturday.