NBA game in Mexico City called off because of smoke

Smoke engulfs a Mexico City arena prior to the scheduled tipoff between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. The arena was evacuated and the game was postponed.
(Christian Palma / Associated Press)

The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City was postponed because of smoky conditions inside the arena Wednesday.

The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.

The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled 9:30 p.m. EST tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima.

“I thought they were practicing fireworks,” Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliott said. “A lot of teams do that before introductions. But then the smoke just kept creeping and it wasn’t white smoke. It was like a brown dark smoke and it started taking over the whole court.”


Fans had not yet been allowed into the arena for the NBA’s first regular-season game in Mexico since Houston and Dallas played in Mexico City on Dec. 6, 1997, when the evacuation was ordered. The teams went to their buses, still wearing their practice gear.

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