Crooked rim leads to 44-minute delay in 76ers-Mavericks game

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Employees at American Airlines Center prepare to install a new rim, board and stanchion, left, after a mechanical difficulty with the one that had been used, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS – The game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks was delayed 44 minutes midway through the first quarter Friday night when one of the rims was determined to be crooked.

The Mavericks' Luka Doncic made a 3-pointer and called the crooked rim to the attention of the officials with the 76ers leading 19-17 with 6:03 left in the period.

Before the arena maintenance crew started working on the crooked rim, 7-foot-4 Boban Marjanovic of Dallas unsuccessfully tried to yank it back in place.

It was determined the entire hoop, backboard and stanchion had to be replaced.

As the new apparatus was wheeled out of the tunnel and onto the floor, the 76ers’ Matisse Thybulle clapped politely from Philadelphia’s bench.

After the replacement was made, the players were given five minutes to warm up before play resumed.


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