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Smoke halts game in Mexico

Smoke engulfs the court at the Mexico City arena after an outside generator malfunctions and forces the postpone-ment of the Spurs-Timberwolves game. The players left on buses, and fans had not yet been allowed into the arena.

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Smoke engulfs the court at the Mexico City arena after an outside generator malfunctions and forces the postpone-ment of the Spurs-Timberwolves game. The players left on buses, and fans had not yet been allowed into the arena.

MEXICO CITY — The game between the Spurs and Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena that forced an evacuation.

The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.

The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled 9:30 p.m. tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima.

About 15 minutes after the scheduled start, the Spurs bus pulled away from the building. The Timberwolves bus followed soon after.

While the teams were warming up for their regular-season matchup, lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke began coming out of vents in the upper deck.

"I thought they were practicing fireworks," Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliot said. "A lot of teams do that before introductions. But then the smoke just kept creeping, and it wasn't white smoke. It was like a brown, dark smoke, and it started taking over the whole court. It was surprising."

Fans had not yet been allowed into the arena for the league's first regular-season game in the country since Houston and Dallas played in Mexico City on Dec. 6, 1997, when the evacuation was ordered. The teams went to their buses, still wearing their practice gear.

Game highlights: Kyle Korver scored a season-high 23 and tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer in the host Hawks' 107-97 victory over the Clippers. Korver, returning from a bruised rib that sidelined him for four games, tied Dana Barros' 18-year-old record by hitting a 3-pointer in his 89th straight game. Barros set the mark from Dec. 23, 1994, to Jan. 10, 1996. … Kyrie Irving scored 23 and the host Cavaliers won back-to-back games for the first time this season and ended the Nuggets' seven-game winning streak 98-88. … Eric Bledsoe scored 20 to lead Phoenix to a 97-88 win over the host Rockets that ended a two-game skid.

Not yet for Bryant: Kobe Bryant said he won't return from his Achilles' tendon surgery on Friday against the Kings, but he left open the possibility he could try Sunday against the Raptors.

Around the league: Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, became the latest former Kentucky star to be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken left hand. Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand Tuesday at Dallas. Kidd-Gilchrist's former college teammate, top pick Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, has a broken bone in his left hand, too. Both starters could miss as many as 20 games. … Milwaukee police cited Bucks center Larry Sanders for disorderly conduct and assault and battery in a fight last month at a downtown nightclub. The Milwaukee County district attorney's office said it has no plans to issue criminal charges.

Hawks 107, Clippers 97

L.A. CLIPPERS (97): Dudley 4-10 0-0 9, Griffin 10-17 4-4 24, Jordan 3-3 0-4 6, Paul 7-17 5-6 19, Green 3-9 2-2 9, Crawford 5-12 3-3 13, Collison 5-10 1-1 13, Jamison 0-2 0-0 0, Hollins 1-1 0-0 2, Bullock 0-0 0-0 0, Mullens 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 39-83 15-20 97.

ATLANTA (107): Carroll 4-6 2-2 12, Millsap 12-20 0-2 25, Horford 8-17 5-8 21, Teague 2-5 1-1 6, Korver 8-12 1-1 23, Brand 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 1-5 0-0 3, Mack 5-9 2-2 12, Martin 1-2 0-0 3, Scott 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 42-82 11-16 107.

L.A. Clippers 21 23 26 27— 97

Atlanta 29 26 24 28— 107

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 4-19 (Collison 2-3, Green 1-2, Dudley 1-5, Jamison 0-1, Mullens 0-1, Paul 0-3, Crawford 0-4), Atlanta 12-23 (Korver 6-9, Carroll 2-2, Teague 1-1, Martin 1-2, Millsap 1-3, Williams 1-3, Horford 0-1, Mack 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 46 (Jordan 13), Atlanta 48 (Horford, Millsap 9). AssistsL.A. Clippers 22 (Paul 11), Atlanta 28 (Teague, Millsap 6). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 16, Atlanta 22. TechnicalsAtlanta Coach Budenholzer, Atlanta defensive three second 2. A12,020.

Cavaliers 98, Nuggets 88

DENVER (88): Chandler 5-13 1-1 13, Faried 3-6 1-1 7, Hickson 7-13 1-2 15, Lawson 1-13 2-3 4, Foye 4-8 5-5 16, Mozgov 4-6 0-0 8, Arthur 4-11 0-0 8, Robinson 7-15 0-1 14, A.Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Hamilton 1-5 0-0 3, Fournier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-92 10-13 88.

CLEVELAND (98): Gee 2-8 2-2 7, Thompson 6-13 5-6 17, Bynum 6-15 2-2 14, Irving 9-20 3-3 23, Miles 0-4 0-0 0, Waiters 2-8 1-2 5, Jack 2-7 1-1 6, Bennett 2-5 0-0 5, Varejao 7-9 4-6 18, Clark 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 37-91 19-24 98.

Denver 24 28 21 15— 88

Cleveland 31 25 23 19— 98

3-Point GoalsDenver 6-23 (Foye 3-6, Chandler 2-7, Hamilton 1-4, Arthur 0-1, Robinson 0-2, Lawson 0-3), Cleveland 5-14 (Irving 2-5, Bennett 1-1, Jack 1-2, Gee 1-2, Clark 0-1, Waiters 0-1, Miles 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 48 (Hickson 11), Cleveland 70 (Thompson 21). AssistsDenver 27 (Lawson 11), Cleveland 20 (Waiters 6). Total FoulsDenver 22, Cleveland 10. TechnicalsA.Miller, Robinson, Cleveland delay of game. Flagrant Fouls—Bynum. A14,642.

Suns 97, Rockets 88

PHOENIX (97): Tucker 8-13 0-2 18, Frye 6-12 0-0 14, Plumlee 2-7 0-0 4, Bledsoe 7-14 3-4 20, Dragic 6-11 5-6 19, Green 1-8 2-2 4, Mark.Morris 2-8 4-4 8, Kravtsov 0-0 0-0 0, Marc.Morris 3-5 0-0 8, Goodwin 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 36-79 14-19 97.

HOUSTON (88): Garcia 3-9 0-0 8, Jones 4-9 0-0 8, Howard 4-11 7-9 15, Beverley 4-10 2-2 12, Harden 3-17 8-8 14, Brooks 7-18 0-0 17, Casspi 6-13 0-0 14, Motiejunas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-88 17-19 88.

Phoenix 25 26 22 24— 97

Houston 20 20 21 27— 88

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 11-24 (Bledsoe 3-4, Tucker 2-2, Marc.Morris 2-3, Dragic 2-5, Frye 2-6, Green 0-4), Houston 9-31 (Brooks 3-5, Casspi 2-3, Beverley 2-5, Garcia 2-7, Jones 0-1, Harden 0-10). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 48 (Plumlee 9), Houston 59 (Howard 18). AssistsPhoenix 17 (Bledsoe 7), Houston 13 (Brooks 6). Total FoulsPhoenix 23, Houston 20. TechnicalsGreen, Houston Coach McHale, Houston defensive three second. A18,151.

Mavericks 100, Pelicans 97

DALLAS (100): Nowitzki 7-17 6-8 21, Marion 4-8 0-0 10, Blair 6-10 0-3 12, Ellis 5-13 4-6 14, Calderon 4-11 1-1 12, Carter 5-9 2-2 15, Crowder 2-6 2-2 7, Dalembert 3-6 0-0 6, Ellington 0-2 0-0 0, Mekel 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 37-86 15-22 100.

NEW ORLEANS (97): Aminu 8-17 0-0 16, Anderson 6-19 5-5 18, Smith 6-10 0-0 12, Holiday 10-17 2-2 26, Gordon 6-14 1-2 15, Evans 1-9 6-6 8, Morrow 0-5 0-0 0, Amundson 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 1-2 0-0 2, Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-94 14-15 97.

Dallas 27 25 23 25— 100

New Orleans 24 29 24 20— 97

3-Point GoalsDallas 11-24 (Carter 3-4, Calderon 3-10, Marion 2-3, Mekel 1-1, Crowder 1-2, Nowitzki 1-3, Ellington 0-1), New Orleans 7-22 (Holiday 4-5, Gordon 2-5, Anderson 1-5, Miller 0-1, Aminu 0-1, Evans 0-1, Morrow 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 46 (Dalembert, Nowitzki 7), New Orleans 67 (Aminu 21). AssistsDallas 25 (Ellis 10), New Orleans 21 (Holiday 9). Total FoulsDallas 16, New Orleans 17. TechnicalsDallas defensive three second, New Orleans defensive three second. A14,524.

Pistons 105, Bucks 98

DETROIT (105): Smith 6-19 4-5 17, Monroe 6-15 6-6 18, Drummond 8-13 8-14 24, Jennings 4-16 7-8 17, Caldwell-Pope 3-6 0-2 8, Singler 5-6 3-3 15, Stuckey 1-8 2-2 4, Jerebko 0-1 2-2 2, Siva 0-0 0-0 0, Harrellson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-86 32-42 105.

MILWAUKEE (98): Middleton 5-6 0-0 14, Udoh 1-4 1-2 3, Henson 5-14 2-2 12, Knight 4-11 3-5 12, Mayo 2-8 2-2 7, Pachulia 0-2 2-2 2, Ilyasova 8-19 4-5 22, Ridnour 4-10 2-2 10, Antetokounmpo 3-5 0-1 6, Neal 3-11 1-1 8, Raduljica 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 36-91 17-22 98.

Detroit 26 19 35 25— 105

Milwaukee 19 31 17 31— 98

3-Point GoalsDetroit 7-21 (Singler 2-3, Caldwell-Pope 2-4, Jennings 2-5, Smith 1-6, Stuckey 0-3), Mil. 9-27 (Middleton 4-5, Ilyasova 2-6, Knight 1-4, Neal 1-4, Mayo 1-5, Ridnour 0-1, Antetokounmpo 0-2). Fouled OutSingler. ReboundsDet. 71 (Drummond 19), Mil. 52 (Ilyasova 10). AssistsDet. 21 (Jennings 11), Mil. 25 (Ridnour 8). Total FoulsDet. 21, Mil. 29. A12,835.

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