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Fire in Mexico City arena postpones Timberwolves-Spurs game

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The second NBA regular season game to be played in Mexico City was over before it began. A generator fire led to an evacuation of players and fans 45 minutes before tip-off.

Dave Benz, play-by-play voice of the Timberwolves, posted videos on Instagram and Twitter showing smoke on the arena floor and players boarding their buses.

NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima confirmed the smoke came from the generator, which was outside the arena.

The teams were warming up for the game when the lights went out in part of the arena and smoke began pouring out of vents in the upper deck.

The game was set to start at 8:30 p.m. CT, but Fox Sports North's Marnie Gellner heard it was "highly unlikely" the game would be played. About 15 minutes after the scheduled start time passed, the Spurs bus drove away and was followed shortly thereafter by the Timberwolves bus.

Shortly after 9 p.m. CT, the NBA officially announced the game would be postponed and made up in Minneapolis at a later date.


"A shame not to have played in Mexico. Sorry to all the fans who traveled to see us." – Ricky Rubio / Twitter


"On behalf of the Timberwolves, I want to say how sorry we are that tonight's game was not played in front of the 1000s of Wolves/Mexican fans." – Timberwolves president Chris Wright / Twitter

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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