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Vegas arenas OK after quake; NBA resumes play

The NBA Las Vegas Summer League will resume as scheduled Saturday after league officials said structural engineers determined Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavillion are “safe to open” after an earthquake Friday night.

There are 10 games that will be played Saturday at the two adjoining sites, beginning with the Oklahoma City Thunder taking on the Utah Jazz at 3 p.m. ET.

Play was stopped in Las Vegas on Friday night after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California at 8:19 p.m. PT — during the fourth quarter of the New Orleans PelicansNew York Knicks game inside the Thomas & Mack Center.

The overhead scoreboard was swaying, and officials elected to stop the game and have the teams leave the floor while gauging if it was safe to continue. After about a 15-minute delay, the decision was made to suspend the game with the Pelicans leading 80-74.

The NBA announced later Friday that the game would not be resumed.

A game between the Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs inside the smaller Cox Pavilion, which is attached to the Thomas & Mack Center, initially continued without delay because that gym lacks an overhead scoreboard. The league ultimately decided to cancel that game after the third period for “precautionary reasons.”

The league also canceled the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets game, which was to have been played at the Thomas & Mack Center after the Knicks-Pelicans.

Friday night’s quake was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, California, a Mojave Desert town about 150 miles northeast from Los Angeles. The same area was jolted by a 6.4 quake one day earlier.

ESPN’s Nick Friedell contributed to this report.

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