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A 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked a large swath of the Southwest, postponing NBA Summer League games and a WNBA game in Las Vegas and being felt at other sports events in the city and in baseball stadiums in California.
The earthquake was centered near Ridgecrest, California, the same place where a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit on Thursday .
The earthquake rattled Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center, causing the scoreboard and speakers over the court to sway, and the league officials decided in favor of precaution.
The New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks were early in the fourth quarter of their opening-day game when the earthquake hit. The Pelicans were ahead 80-74 with 7:53 left, and both teams left the court. It started as a delay with the hope the game could resume, but after further discussion, the Pelicans-Knicks game and Denver-Phoenix games were postponed.
Summer League games in the Cox Pavilion next door to the Thomas & Mack Center continued, mainly because that gym does not have a scoreboard and speakers over the court. But the NBA eventually postponed those games, too.
The NBA later announced that the games that were in progress would not be resumed. The Pelicans and the Orlando Magic, who were leading the San Antonio Spurs 75-59 at Cox, were declared winners.
NBA players also tweeted from their hotels in Las Vegas.
Just experienced my first earthquake while being on the 21st floor of a hotel. Talk about scary
– Evan Turner (@thekidet) July 6, 2019
“I never got dressed so fast in my life,” Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tweeted.
The earthquake was also felt in Los Angeles during the fourth inning of the Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres, though play continued.
Dodgers second baseman Enriquè Hernàndez was batting at the time, but it did not appear to affect him or parents pitcher Eric Lauer.
“He did not know what was going because he did not feel (the earthquake) either,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said at a postgame news conference. “He was kind of wondering what all the ruckus was all about.”
The tremor was felt at multiple minor league baseball games in Southern California, including the home ballpark of the Cucamonga Quakes Ranch. The Dodgers’ Corey Seager and AJ Pollock are on a rehab stint with the Class A Quakes. The minor league Fresno Grizzlies also tweeted about the earthquake, which occurred while the Tacoma Rainiers were throwing a perfect game.
Play was halted with 21.2 seconds left in the first half as the Washington Mystics played the Las Vegas Aces at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center. After a lengthy delay, officials announced the WNBA contest would be postponed.
The quake also affected the UFC Hall of Fame ceremonies in Las Vegas, and the World Series of Poker went on break. Play was to resume at 1 am ET.
Contributing: Associated Press