Lights Go Out During NBA Game, Causing Brief Delay

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Stephen Curry is one of the NBA’s most accurate shooters, and often has games where he shoots “lights out,” but what happened on Tuesday night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans gave a new definition to the term. 

As Curry’s Golden State Warriors neared the end of the third quarter of their game with the host New Orleans Pelicans, the literal lights went out inside the arena as Curry attempted a 3-point shot.

The game was delayed for just one minute as the lights came back on. 

ASM Global, the company that manages the venue, told ESPN that the situation was “a brief technical error that was identified immediately and rectified.”

The Warriors, who led by a score of 77-71 when the lights went out, would go on to lose the game 108-103. 

Ultimately, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the delay didn’t affect his team’s performance down the stretch. 

Curry told reporters following the game that the lighting situation was a first for his career.

"I hadn't seen that one before," Curry said. "They tried to get me saying I shot it before the lights went out. But it's a weird situation, because we were flowing a little bit, and I guess kinda after that it was kind of a rough offensive situation but — a tough game all the way around."


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