The scheduled NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves in this capital was canceled after a generator malfunction caused the stadium to fill up with smoke.
Players from both teams, reporters and game organizers left the stadium about an hour before Wednesday's 8:30 p.m. tip-off and before fans had been allowed to enter the Mexico City Arena.
The evacuation unfolded without any scenes of panic, Efe confirmed.
The game, which will be made up in Minnesota at a later date, was to have been the second regular-season NBA matchup played in the country. The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks played in Mexico City on Dec. 6, 1997.
Elsewhere Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Denver Nuggets 98-88, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the L.A. Clippers 107-97, the Dallas Mavericks edged the New Orleans Pelicans 100-97, and the Phoenix Suns surprised the Houston Rockets 97-88.
The Detroit Pistons defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98, the Indiana Pacers kept up their winning ways with a 95-86 win over the lowly Utah Jazz, and the Portland Trail Blazers continued their impressive start to the NBA season by topping the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-104. EFE