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Wolves game in Mexico postponed after smoke enters arena

USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Timberwolves players walk off the court amidst smoke after a transformer exploded Wednesday at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. The incident resulted in a blackout and the evacuation of players of both the Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs, as well as journalists in the arena before the game began. At the time of the incident, there were no spectators in the arena and no casualties have been reported. No makeup date has been announced.

The NBA's long-awaited return to Mexico went up in smoke on Wednesday when the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs was postponed due to a generator malfunction.

The Mexico City arena was forced to evacuate 45 minutes before tip-off after a generator sent smoke inside the building.

The contest was scheduled to be the NBA's first regular season game in Mexico since 1997 when Dallas took on Houston.

Instead, lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke entered the building as the teams were warming up, sending the players off the court.

The NBA said the game would be played in Minnesota later this season. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)