Wednesday night's eagerly-anticipated clash between the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed after smoke began to fill the arena in Mexico City prior to tip-off, reports the Associated Press via NBA.com.
The two Western Conference playoff hopefuls were in Mexico for only the second regular season NBA matchup to be played in the country, but fans were ultimately left hugely disappointed as they missed out on seeing the likes of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio in action.
It has been said that the incident, which saw the arena slowly engulfed by smoke as the players were embarking upon their traditional pre-match warmup routines, occurred as a result of a fire which took place in the generator room.
In a statement, Mexican police said: "What happened was provoked by a short circuit in the room of generators."
Luckily, the hoards of excited fans eager to see the game had not yet been allowed to enter. The players were quickly evacuated, though, with Spanish point guard Rubio claiming that they were "just asked to leave".
Last season's beaten NBA finalist Spurs have begun the season in typically formidable fashion, sitting second in the West, just half-a-game behind Terry Stotts' Portland Trailblazers with an intimidating 15-3 record.
Their next fixture sees them go up against Paul George the Eastern Conference leading Indiana Pacers on Saturday night in what could well be a dress rehearsal for the 2014 finals at AT&T Center.
The Timberwolves, meanwhile, are looking to end their ten-year playoff exile this season but have slid down the rankings in recent weeks after enjoying an otherwise solid start to the new campaign.
The postponed game is due to be rescheduled for a later date in Minnesota.
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