Smoke filled the lower bowl of Mexico City Arena on Wednesday. (Christian Palma/AP)
An NBA game in Mexico City between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday after smoke filled the inside of the arena.
The smoke was caused by a generator malfunction outside Mexico City Arena, according to a statement released by the NBA. The smoke hovered above the floor and the lower bowl of the arena, leading to the arena's evacuation about 45 minutes before tip-off.
The NBA released the following statement:
The National Basketball Association game scheduled for tonight between the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed due to a generator malfunction which produced smoke inside Mexico City Arena.
The date for the rescheduled game, which will be played at Target Center in Minneapolis, will be announced at a later time.
The Spurs' official Twitter account tweeted a photo of the smoke covering the entire floor:
The clouds of smoke also spilled into the Spurs' locker room, forcing the players to seek refuge on the team bus, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
The Timberwolves TV play-by-play announcer Dave Benz tweeted a video of the smoky haze from his courtside view:
Proving fire brings even adversaries together, Jerry Zgoda of the Minnesota Star-Tribune tweeted a photo of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Wolves coach Rick Adelman walking out of the arena:
The Spurs and Wolves were in Mexico City as part of the NBA's Global Games initiative
, which was supposed to mark the second consecutive season an NBA game was played outside of the United States or Canada. The two teams boast a combined 17 international players, led by San Antonio with a league-high 10.