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Multiple Summer League games postponed by earthquake

The New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas was hotly anticipated for the debut matchup between 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and No. 3 selection RJ Barrett, his teammate at Duke.

But early in the third quarter, things took an unexpected turn when a reported 7.1-magnitude earthquake resulted in the game’s postponement after a half-hour delay that began at 8:20 p.m. PT. The action paused with 7:53 remaining in the quarter, and the Pelicans leading the Knicks, 80-74.

Preliminary estimates by the U.S. Geological Survey say the quake hit in Southern California on Friday night, and it was felt all the way in Las Vegas. The overhead scoreboard at the Thomas & Mack Center was swaying, and officials elected to delay the game and have the teams leave the floor while gauging if it was safe to continue.

The Phoenix Suns-Denver Nuggets matchup scheduled for 11:30 p.m. ET at Thomas & Mack has also been postponed.

Games in UNLV’s other gym, the Cox Pavilion, initially continued because that gym lacks an overhead scoreboard. But the league announced that the remainder of that game had been cancelled following the conclusion of the third quarter, with the Orlando Magic leading the San Antonio Spurs, 75-59.

The NBA says it is working to determine if the games will continue Saturday.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.

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