Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid got into an ugly fight in the NBA's most high-profile brawl in years

  • An ugly fight broke out between Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday.
  • The incident began when the two players got tangled up, with Embiid shoving Towns and Towns throwing a punch at Embiid. Both players ended up on the ground, with teammates and coaches trying to separate them.
  • Both players were ejected and suspensions seem likely.
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A fight broke out on Wednesday between the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns and the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid.

The incident occurred in the third quarter after Embiid physically double-teamed Towns on offense. After Towns turned the ball over, he and Embiid stayed in the back-court grappling with one another. Embiid shoved Towns and Towns then threw a punch at Embiid, as the two got locked up and fell to the ground.

Players from both teams ran over to break it up, with the Sixers' Ben Simmons getting on top of Towns and restraining him with a head-lock.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers look on in the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Wolves 117-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets tangled up with Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Wolves 117-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers fights with Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Wolves 117-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers fights with Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Wolves 117-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets in a fight with Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves as head coach Brett Brown and Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers try to break them apart along with Jeff Teague #0 and Robert Covington #33 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets in a fight with Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves as Ben Simmons #25 looks on in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets in a fight with Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets in a fight with Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets in a fight with Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves as Ben Simmons #25 tries to break them apart in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on October 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns lies on the court after an altercation with Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. Both players were ejected. The 76ers won 117-95. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Oct 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) is held to the ground by Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) after a fight with center Joel Embiid (not pictured) during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns is led away after an altercation with Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. Both players were ejected. The 76ers won 117-95. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Joel Embiid, de los 76ers de Filadelfia, reacciona tras anunciarse que quedó expulsado del partido del miércoles 30 de octubre de 2019, ante los Timberwolves de Minnesota, por reñir con Karl-Anthony Towns (AP Foto/Matt Rourke)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns is led away after an altercation with Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. Both players were ejected. The 76ers won 117-95. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts after it was announced that he and Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns had been ejected, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Oct 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) talks with teammates after an altercation with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (not pictured) during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The fight was broken up fairly quickly, as Embiid got up and began firing up the Sixers bench, throwing air punches like a boxer. Towns was directed by coaches and security back toward the Wolves bench.

Both players were ejected.

Here's video of the incident:

The fight is the NBA's most high-profile in years, with the main participants all All-Star players. The NBA has drastically curbed fighting in recent years, to the point that it's rare to see a player throw a punch, as Towns did.

Suspensions for Embiid and Towns are likely.

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