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Timberwolves-Spurs Game in Mexico City Cancelled Due to Smoke-Filled Arena

Tim Duncan talks with media members in Mexico City's arena.
Tim Duncan talks with media members in Mexico City's arena.David Sherman/Getty Images
Ben LeibowitzCorrespondent IIIDecember 5, 2013

Wednesday night’s NBA matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed after Mexico City’s arena experienced a generator malfunction that filled the building with smoke.

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News broke the news via Twitter after power went out in half the arena and he started to see smoke coming from the ceiling.

Shortly thereafter, Timberwolves broadcaster Dave Benz posted a video on Instagram showing the severity of the billowing smoke in the arena.

Players, team staff and media members were forced to evacuate the building as a result. And although NBA commissioner David Stern was reportedly pushing for the game to be played, per Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune via Twitter, the game was ultimately postponed.

The game will be rescheduled and played at the Target Center in Minneapolis, but the official date will be announced at a later time, according to the NBA’s official Twitter account.

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