Friday night’s Pelicans-Knicks matchup was expected to be a showstopper, just not like this.
The summer league game was halted in the middle of play with 7:53 left in the fourth quarter, the Pelicans leading the Knicks, 80-74, after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook the Thomas & Mack Center.
As the speakers and the scoreboard hanging from the ceiling swayed and the fans left their seats, the teams remained by their benches before eventually returning to their locker rooms. After a delay of roughly 30 minutes, the public address announcer broke the news that the rest of Friday night’s games in the arena had been postponed, including the finale between the Nuggets and Suns.
The NBA said the postponement was for “precautionary reasons.”
“It was nuts,” Pelicans guard Frank Jackson said. “I was bringing the ball up and I felt like someone was pushing my hip. I got a little wobbly. I’ve never experienced anything like that. It’s crazy.”
The game between the Spurs and Magic, taking place next door at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion — a smaller gym without a scoreboard over the court — initially continued as planned after the earthquake hit in the second quarter.