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NBA game between Spurs and Timberwolves postponed; Mexico City arena evacuated due to smoke

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    Members of the Minnesota Timberwolves evacuate The Mexico City arena in Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The NBA says the game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena. The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, an NBA spokeswoman says. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)The Associated Press

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    Smoke engulfs basketball court of The Mexico City arena during a regular season NBA match between the Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima says the smoke was coming from a generator fire outside the arena. There was no word yet if the start of the game will be delayed. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

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    People leave as smoke engulfs the basketball court during a regular season NBA match in Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The Mexico City arena where the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves are playing an NBA game Wednesday night was evacuated 45 minutes before tipoff because of smoke inside the arena. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)The Associated Press

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    Members of the Minnesota Timberwolves teamm leave as smoke engulfs the basketball court during a regular season NBA match between the Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima says the smoke was coming from a generator fire outside the arena. There was no word yet if the start of the game will be delayed. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)The Associated Press

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    A security guard covers his face as smoke engulfs The Mexico City arena during a regular season NBA match between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima says the smoke was coming from a generator fire outside the arena. There was no word yet if the start of the game will be delayed. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.

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. EST 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. The court quickly became cloudy.

"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 NBA'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.

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said there was a lot of smoke in their locker room.

Standing outside the Timberwolves' bus in shorts and his practice shirt, guard Ricky Rubio had no idea what happened.

"They just told us to leave," Rubio said in Spanish.

Both teams were scheduled to leave Mexico right after the game and they are both off until Saturday.