MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) – The exhibition game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies was suspended after three quarters on Tuesday night when a fire alarm went off, leading to the evacuation of FedExForum.
At the time of the delay, the Grizzlies were leading 87-77 in the first game of the preseason for both teams.
Officials said the problem was a false alarm caused by a sprinkler in a non-public area. The delay was just over an hour after the alarm sounded and the game was called.
“With the long delay, the league, in consultation with the Bucks and Grizzlies, decided not to complete the game in the interests of player safety,” the NBA announced.
All fans were evacuated from the building when the alarm sounded as officials tried to determine the next move. At one point, shortly after the teams left the field, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer walked across the field, a suitcase in tow. Gradually, other Bucks players and staff, some carrying dishes of food for the post-game meal, came out of the building.
Although the team waited for the official word before leaving, it was doubtful after the significant delay that the teams would return given what it would take for the players to prepare for an extra 12 minutes of basketball.
“A very unique experience tonight,” said Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins. “No one could have predicted that would have happened. Nice collaboration between the two teams and the league. Lots of dialogue. And it was really unique.