The NBA postseason is a time of great intensity, with all on-court participants and in-arena fans taking every moment as a matter of life and death. But it turns out that the whole mood can shift with a little change in lighting.
With 27 seconds remaining in the first half of Wednesday's Game 2 between the host Oklahoma City Thunder and visiting Los Angeles Clippers, the assembled crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena was treated to a minor and unexpected power outage. Take a look below:
With enough light to avoid full-on darkness, the two teams played out the remainder of the first half in low light. Perhaps predictably, those moments were a little ragged, with Chris Paul throwing a bad pass for a Kevin Durant steal and Thabo Sefolosha air-balling a three-point attempt. Luckily, full power was restored at halftime and the second half continued with little incident.
Cliff Brandt of the Associated Press has more on what happened:
The power returned during halftime, which was extended by a few minutes to give the lights the necessary 15 minutes to return to full brightness. A Thunder spokesman said it was not immediately clear what caused the problem.
The joke here, naturally, is that the naming rights to the arena belong to the second-largest natural gas producer in the United States. Aubrey McClendon, retired co-founder and former CEO of Chesapeake Energy, is one of the owners of the Thunder.
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