By Matt Dollinger
December 04, 2013

Mexico City Arena 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:

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