MEXICO CITY — The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.
The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima.
About 15 minutes after the scheduled start, the Spurs bus pulled away from the building. The Timberwolves bus followed soon after.
While the teams were warming up for their regular-season matchup, lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke began coming out of vents in the upper deck. The court quickly became cloudy.
“I thought they were practicing fireworks,” former UA star and 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. It was surprising.”
Hawks 107, Clippers 97: In Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored a season-high 23 points and tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a three-pointer in Atlanta’s victory.
Korver, returning from a bruised rib that sidelined him the last four games, tied Dana Barros’ 18-year-old NBA record by hitting a three-pointer in his 89th straight game.
Paul Millsap finished with 25 points and Al Horford added 21 to help the Hawks snap a two-game losing streak.
Blake Griffin scored 24 points and Chris Paul had 19 points and 11 assists as the Clippers lost their second straight
Cavaliers 98, Nuggets 88: In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and the Cavaliers snapped Denver’s seven-game winning streak. Tristan Thompson had a career-high 21 rebounds and 17 points for the Cavaliers, who won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Nuggets, playing the third game of six-game road trip, lost for the first time since Nov. 18. The trip began with a 14-point win in Toronto on Sunday and a 24-point victory in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Trail Blazers 111, Thunder 104: In Portland, Ore., LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds as Portland snapped Oklahoma City’s eight-game winning streak.
Nicolas Batum hit a three-pointer with 29.9 seconds to go that all but sealed it for Portland, which has won 14 of its last 15 games. The win also snapped Oklahoma City’s seven-game winning streak against the Blazers.
Pistons 105, Bucks 98: In Milwaukee, Andre Drummond had 24 points and 19 rebounds and Detroit rode a strong second-half performance to defeat the Bucks.
Greg Monroe contributed 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who had three players with double-doubles and five score 15 or more points.
Ersan Ilyasov scored a season high 22 points and had 10 rebounds off the bench to lead the Bucks, who have lost 13 of 14. Khris Middleton added 14 points for Milwaukee.
Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings had 17 points and 11 assists in his return to Milwaukee.
Mavericks 100, Pelicans 97: In New Orleans, Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas.
Nowitzki gave Dallas the lead with a free throw to make the score 98-97 with 32.3 seconds left. He then got a piece of Eric Gordon’s driving floater, grabbed the rebound and hit two more free throws with 8 seconds left.
Pacers 95, Jazz 86: In Salt Lake City, Paul George scored 19 points and Indiana returned to its defensive ways in beating Utah.
Lance Stephenson scored 15 points, Luis Scola had 14 and Roy Hibbert added 13 points to win in Utah for the first time since an 84-60 victory on Nov. 29, 2005.