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Minnesota and San Antonio’s game in Mexico City postponed due to generator malfunction, smoke in the arena (Photos)

Kelly Dwyer
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Everyone seems to be fine, and the incident happened well before fans were allowed into the Mexico City Arena, but the scheduled pairing between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City was canceled after an electrical short to a generator powering one of the arena’s escalators.

As soon as smoke started billowing throughout the arena and its corridors away from the court, arena and NBA personnel immediately asked the players, team employees and scores of media to evacuate the building. By all accounts nobody appeared to be in danger, but the combination of the massive amounts of smoke and the high Mexico City altitude made this a dangerous “home” game for the Timberwolves and their San Antonio counterparts to play.

Via CJZero and NBA TV, here’s a shot of the arena around 9 p.m. ET, a half-hour before tip-off:

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(Courtesy twitter.com/cjzero and NBA TV)

Here are some various pertinent tweets from Spurs and Wolves beat writers and broadcasters, detailing the (thankfully) orderly evacuation:

Wolves CEO chris wright says earliest arena could be readied is 1015 pm. Other option tomorrow nite, neither seems likely

— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013

Jeez. Tony Parker heading back into building for some reason. Has to use shirt as gas mask.

— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) December 5, 2013

Pop says nobody should be breathing what's in arena, let alone players exerting themselves, says game should be played in Minny on off day

— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013

Just overheard Spurs team doctors say no way to playing in arena tonight, seems like teams will push back hard on playing tonight

— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013

There are noises going off in the area that sound like fireworks. I hope they're fireworks. #twolves #spurs

— Dave Benz (@tweetdavebenz) December 5, 2013

Flip telling team party game is off, they're getting stuff to leave

— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013

Game off. Hearing from multiple people though no official announcement.

— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) December 5, 2013

Spurs/Twolves is cancelled ..team headed to airport

— Ric Renner (@RicRenFSSW) December 5, 2013

The game is off. Unfortunately. No makeup plans for #twolves #spurs as yet.

— Dave Benz (@tweetdavebenz) December 5, 2013

Spurs buses have left.

— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) December 5, 2013

Spurs bus has left, wolves still here

— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013

Team source said game likely will be rescheduled for back in Minny. No idea when

— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) December 5, 2013

Here's a shot of Wolves and Spurs coaches Rick Adelman and Gregg Popovich leaving the arena:

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(Courtesy twitter.com/JerryZgoda)


Here's the eventual, final statement:

NBA statement: Wolves-Spurs game cancelled. Game will be made up at Target Center at a to be determined date.

— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) December 5, 2013

The NBA announced the game will be made up in Minnesota at the Target Center, but an official date has not been set.

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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